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The Islamist Phoenix by Loretta Napoleoni

The Islamist Phoenix

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The Islamist Phoenix by Loretta Napoleoni
Nov 04, 2014 | ISBN 9781609806293

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“The Islamist Phoenix is a great entry point for those in want of a more solid understanding of the history and social complexities involved in the rise of the Islamic State.  Loretta Napoleoni explains how this iteration of Islamism does not form from a vacuum, but almost inevitably, and sometimes knowingly, from the circumstances and conditions of the West’s recent involvement in the Middle East in the last century.  The Islamic State can, and almost certainly will, be defeated.  But, how it is defeated is what truly matters, especially in the years, decades, and centuries to come.” —Chelsea Manning

“Loretta Napoleoni’s The Islamist Phoenix is a vital contribution to our understanding of what is happening in the Middle East. It is, like all great pieces of journalism or history, a counter-narrative, one that refuses to become trapped in the easy and fatuous clichés peddled in the West about resistance and radical Islam. Napoleoni exposes the folly of empire. She forces us to see ourselves as others see us. She prepares us for the world that will actually exist, not the fantasy world we tried to create through indiscriminate violence, the brutality of occupation, and over a decade of war.” —Chris Hedges, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of War is a Force that Gives us Meaning

Table Of Contents

Note on Terminology


Prologue: A New Breed of Terrorism?

Chapter One: From al Zarqawi to al Baghdadi

Chapter Two: Rehearsals for the Caliphate

Chapter Three: The Paradox of the New Rome

Chapter Four: The Islamist Phoenix

Chapter Five: The Modern Jihad

Chapter Six: Radical Salafism

Chapter Seven: The New Mongols

Chapter Eight: Contemporary Pre-Modern Wars





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