In the course of a few years, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria—more commonly known as ISIS—has become classified as the most dangerous terrorist organization in the world. It is the subject of intense Western scrutiny, demonized by all, and shrouded in numerous myths and narratives.
Against these established narratives, Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou now presents his new theory of ISIS. Tracing the genealogy of ISIS and documenting its evolution in Iraq and Syria, he argues that ISIS has actually transcended Osama Bin Laden’s original scheme of Al Qaeda, mutating into a unprecedented hybrid between postcolonial violence, postmodernity, and postglobalization. A Theory of ISIS offers an original take on the militant group. Mohamedou explains the proliferation of terrorist attacks on the West and deepens our understanding of the group's impact on the very nature of contemporary political violence.
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Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou is professor of international history at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and teaches at the doctoral school at Sciences Po Paris. Previously the associate director of the Harvard University Programme on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research, he is the author of Understanding Al Qaeda, also published by Pluto Press.
`How did ISIS come so far, so fast? And where will it go next? I have yet to see such a comprehensive examination of the group's genesis, development and motives. This book deserves to be read widely' -- Tim Sebastian, award-winning former BBC foreign correspondent and presenter of HARDtalk `A brilliant and ground-breaking analysis of ISIS. Unprecedented level of solid scholarship and deep insights into the complex phenomenon. A must-read for anyone interested in the study of political violence' -- Omar Ashour, Director Middle East Graduate Programme, University of Exeter, author of The De-radicalisation of Jihadists `Scrupulously scholarly and indispensable reading for any serious student of its vital and absorbing subject' -- Professor Paul H. Gilbert, University of Hull, author of New Terror, New Wars `A Theory of ISIS is one of the best analyses available to us. An essential book for any serious student of political violence' -- Professor Paul Rogers, Bradford University, author of Irregular War `Objective and insightful... Essential reading for those interested not only in ISIS but also what may follow' -- Professor Gareth Stansfield, University of Exeter, author of Iraq - People, History, Politics 'A Theory of ISIS is the first serious attempt at understanding a global calamity brewed in the counter-revolutionary mobilisation against the graceful rise and spectacular spread of Arab revolutions. A ground-breaking work of political theory' -- Professor Hamid Dabashi, Columbia University, author of Authority in Islam
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