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Islamic State and the Coming Global Confrontation – Palgrave Macmillan

February 20, 2016


Islamic State and the Coming Global Confrontation – Palgrave Macmillan

Authors: Solomon, Hussein


Presents a new diagnosis of the origins and growth of IS as a logical outgrowth of mainstream Islam

Offers a critical analysis of the US response to Islamic State and policy recommendations as to how to defeat this threat

Speaks to academics, policy-makers and informed interested parties in an easily accessible style

About this book

This book seeks to analyze the origins and organizational structure of Islamic State (IS), the reasons for its military triumphs and its success in securing new recruits via social media.

From its base in Iraq and Syria, IS has spread globally with 17 regional affiliates from Indonesia to Nigeria. In addition it has established sleeper cells in no fewer than 60 countries. The recent terrorist atrocity in Paris highlights the havoc these cells are capable of. In an effort to understand the nature of the threat posed, this book seeks to provide insights into the organizational structure of IS as well as its underlying ideology. Both of these render Western efforts to decapitate the leadership of IS superfluous.

Through swiftly adapting its military strategy, developing creative forms of funding as well as its efforts to win hearts and minds of locals, IS has managed to grow despite the efforts of the Western military alliance and that of local partners arrayed against it. Indeed, the competing individual national interests within the alliance have actually served to strengthen IS.  With its ideology spreading ever further, a looming violent confrontation between democratic and Islamist forces seems inevitable. This volume speaks to academics in international relations, security studies and strategic studies, policy-makers and interested parties.

About the authors

Hussein Solomon is Professor in the Department of Political Studies and Governance at the University of the Free State, South Africa and is a Senior Research Associate of the Israeli-based Research on Islam and Muslims in Africa (RIMA). His most recent book was entitled Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism: Fighting Insurgency from Al Shabaab, Ansar Dine and Boko Haram (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).
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