ABC-CLIO

ISIS

The Essential Reference Guide

by Brian L. Steed

 

The Islamic State (ISIS) has made its presence felt around the world, from its involvement in the Iraq and Syrian conflicts to its numerous terrorist attacks in Europe, the Middle East, and beyond.

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October 2019

ABC-CLIO

Pages 307
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Military History/Terrorism
  Security Studies/Terrorism

This illuminating work offers readers a comprehensive overview of ISIS, with more than 100 in-depth articles on a variety of topics related to the notorious terrorist group, and more than a dozen key primary source documents.

ISIS formed through a combination of a rise in violent extremist ideologies demonstrated on September 11, 2001; the invasion of Iraq; and the Syrian Civil War. ISIS is possibly the most important conflict group and phenomena of the last half century, and understanding its source and success is crucial to functioning in the world today. This book provides insight into ISIS from its beginnings to the present, through coverage of its people, organizations, and operations.

The book begins with an overview of ISIS, which provides context for each of the reference entries that follow. The introductory material also includes entries on the causes and consequences of the conflict between ISIS and the West. The book contains more than 100 reference entries on general and specific topics ranging from key leaders to major terrorist attacks and affiliated organizations. It also includes a carefully curated selection of primary sources that come from a variety of sources including national-level strategy documents, presidential addresses, and ISIS itself. The book concludes with a detailed chronology and annotated bibliography.

Features

  • Provides an important resource for understanding the historic and geopolitical background of the rise of ISIS
  • Explains the reasoning behind the Islamic State's decisions and actions
  • Offers readers material for understanding the key decisions that led to contemporary dysfunction in the Middle East
  • Demonstrates how ISIS and affiliated extremist organizations use Islam as a primary recruiting and operational tool
Author Info

Brian L. Steed is an assistant professor of military history at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and a former Middle East foreign area officer who served three times in Iraq (2005, 2010–2011, and 2014–2015). He is author or editor of eight books and numerous articles on military theory, military history, narrative space, and cross-cultural influence, including ABC-CLIO's ISIS: An Introduction and Guide to the Islamic State, Iraq War: The Essential Reference Guide, and Greenwood's Voices of the Iraq War: Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life.

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