ISIS: The Essential Reference Guide, 1st Edition

  • Brian L. Steed
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  • ISBN-10: 1440864624
  • ISBN-13: 9781440864629
  • DDC: 363.325
  • 310 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released December 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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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, which provides context for each of the reference entries that follow, with entries on the causes and consequences of the conflict between ISIS and the West. It contains 100+ reference entries on topics ranging from key leaders to major terrorist attacks and affiliated organizations. Also includes a variety of carefully curated primary sources including national-level strategy documents, presidential addresses, and ISIS itself, plus a detailed chronology and annotated bibliography.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Entries.
List of Primary Documents.
Introductory Essays.
Overview of the War with ISIS (1999–2018).
Causes of the War with ISIS.
Consequences of the War with ISIS.
1: Abbasid Caliphate (750–1258 CE [sometimes extended from 1261 to 1517 CE as ruled under the Mameluke Sultanate of Cairo]).
2: Al-Askari Mosque (Golden Mosque) Bombing.
3: Al-Assad, Bashar.
4: Al-Kasasbeh, Muath Safi Yousef (معاذ صافي يوسف الكساسبة) (May 29, 1968–ca. January 3, 2015).
5: Al-Maqdisi, Abu Mohamed (أبو محمد المقدسي) (1959 [Nablus, West Bank]–Present).
6: Al-Qaeda, History.
7: Al-Qaeda, Leaders.
8: Al-Zawahiri, Ayman (1951–).
9: Al-Sham (Levant).
10: Alawi (Alawite[s]).
11: Amir Al-Mu'minin (Prince of the Faithful).
12: Apocalypse.
13: Arab.
14: Arab Spring (December 18, 2010–December 2012).
15: Baath Party.
16: Bay'ah (Oath of Allegiance) (بَيْعَة).
17: Boko Haram.
18: Caliph (خَليفة).
19: Caliphate (خِلافة).
20: Caliphs, Rashidun (الخلفاء الراشدون).
21: Commands, U.S. and Coalition Military.
22: Crusades (1095–1291 CE).
23: Dabiq, Battle of (Just before the End of Days and/or August 24, 1516 CE).
24: Dajjal.
25: Doctrine, Counterinsurgency.
26: Doctrine, Insurgency.
27: Global War on Terrorism.
28: Hezbollah (حزب الله).
29: Hijrah (هِجْرَة).
30: Ideology.
31: Inherent Resolve, Operation.
32: Iraq, History of, 2001–Present.
33: Iraqi Freedom, Operation.
34: Iraqi Freedom, Operation: The Surge and the Awakening.
35: Islam (الإسلام).
36: Islamic Conquests (Seventh Century) (634–661 CE).
37: Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS).
38: Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) Leaders.
39: Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) Media.
40: Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) Names.
41: Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) Operations.
42: Islamic State (ISIS) Opponents.
43: Islamic State (ISIS), Recruiting.
44: Islamic State (ISIS), Revenues.
45: Islamic State (ISIS), Supporters.
46: Jabhat Al-Nusra (جبهة النصرة لأهل الشام) “The Support Front for the People of Al-Sham”).
47: Kharajites or Khawarij (الخارجية, خوارج).
48: Kurds.
49: Mahdi (مهدي).
50: Middle East Policy, Regional Powers.
51: Middle East Policy, United States of America.
52: Mosul, Battles of.
53: Nasheed (نشيد).
54: Ottoman Empire.
55: Prime Minister, Iraq (Selected) (Chronological Order).
56: Quran (القرآن).
57: Quraysh (قريش).
58: Refugees.
59: Safavid Empire.
60: Shia Islam.
61: Sons of Iraq.
62: Sunni Islam.
63: Sykes-Picot Agreement.
64: Syria, Civil War.
65: Umayyad Caliphate (661–750 CE [continued to Rule from Cordoba from 756 to 1031 CE]).
66: Wahhabi (وهابية).
67: Weapons, Islamic State (ISIS).
68: Wilayah (ولاية).
69: Yazidi.
Primary Source Documents.
70: Excerpt of Coalition Provisional Order Number 2, May 23, 2003.
71: Excerpt of Procedures for Approving Direct Action against Terrorist Targets Located Outside the United States and Areas of Active Hostilities, May 22, 2013.
72: Excerpt of “Khilafah Declared,” Dabiq, Issue 1, July 5, 2014.
73: Lyrics for “Dawn of the State”—Unofficial Anthem of the Islamic State, ca. October 2014.
74: Excerpt of the National Security Strategy of the United States, February 2015.
75: Excerpt of “The Burning of the Murtadd Pilot,” Dabiq, Issue 7, February 12, 2015.
76: Excerpt of “The Extinction of the Grayzone,” Dabiq, Issue 7, February 12, 2015.
77: Excerpt of “Slave-Girls or Prostitutes?” by Umm Sumayyah Al-Muhajirah, Dabiq, Issue 9, May 21, 2015.
78: Excerpt of President Obama's Speech at the United Nations General Assembly, September 28, 2015.
79: Excerpt of President Obama's Press Conference at the Kaya Palazzo Resort, Antalya, Turkey, November 16, 2015.
80: Excerpt of President Obama's Press Conference at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, November 22, 2015.
81: Transcription of Islamic State Recruiting Video Titled And No Respite, November 24, 2015.
82: Excerpt of Section 1222 Report: Strategy for the Middle East and to Counter Violent Extremism, House Armed Services Committee, March 24, 2016.
83: Excerpt of President Trump's Speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, May 21, 2017.
84: Excerpt of National Security Strategy of the United States of America, December 2017.
85: Excerpt of Recorded Address of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, August 22, 2018.
Recommended Bibliography.
List of Contributors.
About the Author.