Paper $28.00 ISBN: 9780745399096 Published December 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745399119 Will Publish February 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

A Theory of ISIS

Political Violence and the Global Order

Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou

A Theory of ISIS

Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou

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192 pages | 5 1/4 x 8 1/2
Paper $28.00 ISBN: 9780745399096 Published December 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745399119 Will Publish February 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
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.
 
Contents
List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Abbreviations
Acknowledgements
Introduction: The Islamic State and Political Violence in the Early Twenty-First Century
Misunderstanding IS
Genealogies of New Violence
Theorising IS
I Al Qaeda’s Matrix
Unleashing Transnational Violence
Revenge of the ‘Agitated Muslims’
The McDonaldisation of Terrorism
2 Apocalypse Iraq
Colonialsim Redesigned
Monstering in American Iraq
‘I will see you in New York’
3 From Qaedat al Jihad to Al Dawla al Islamiya
Mesopotamian Recentring
Into Levantine Battle
State-Building from Franchise to Region
4 Modernity and the Globalised Insurgent
Remixing Violence
Imperial Reconnections
The 1970s Redux
Conclusion: Colonialism Boomerang
Return to Sender
Future Pasts of IS
Pensamiento Nuevo on Terrorism
 
Glossary
Chronology
Notes
Index
 
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