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1st Edition

The Islamic State
From Terrorism to Totalitarian Insurgency

ISBN 9780367457631
Published March 25, 2020 by Routledge India
226 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Islamic State analyzes the transformation of ISIS (Daesh) from an underground insurgent organization to a quasi-state entity. It traces the genesis and evolution of what may be interpreted as a revolutionary war aimed at the creation and expansion of a new society and world order in the ruins of Syria and Iraq.

This book:

  • Analyzes the regime’s totalitarian features including structure, ideology, propaganda, and violence; 
  • Examines its ideology with a focus on radical Islamism and Salafi-jihadism;  
  • Studies the economics behind its continued existence; and

  • Explores the attitude of key state and non-state actors, especially Russia, USA, and the Global Coalition, towards Daesh.

An indispensable guide to the study of modern terrorism, this book will be of great interest to students and researchers of Middle East studies, terrorism, with a focus on ISIS, military and strategic studies, politics and international relations, as well as general readers.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. Theory of Non-Democratic regimes  2. The Origins of Daesh  3. Political System  4. Ideology  5. Ideology enforcement  6. Violence  7. Economy of Daesh  8. Opposition  9. Conclusion  Afterword


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Ondřej Filipec is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law, Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic. His research interests include international relations, specifically security studies with a focus on terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and irregular migration. He has authored several monographs and scientific articles and is a regular contributor to the Panorama of Global Security Environment published by the Strategic Policy Institute (STRATPOL). He is also on the international editorial board of the Slovak Journal of Political Sciences and member of the Czech Association of European Studies (CAES). He is currently working on his habilitation dedicated to multidimensional analysis of counter-terrorism policies in the EU countries.