Jihad and the West

Jihad and the West : Black Flag over Babylon

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U.S. Department of Defense analyst Mark Silinsky reveals the origins of the Islamic State's sinister obsession with the Western world. Once considered a minor irritant in the international system, the Caliphate is now a dynamic and significant actor on the world's stage, boasting more than 30,000 foreign fighters from 86 countries. Recruits consist not only of Middle-Eastern-born citizens, but also a staggering number of "Blue-Eyed Jihadists," Westerners who leave their country to join the radical sect. Silinsky provides a detailed and chilling explanation of the appeal of the Islamic State and how those abroad become radicalized, while also analyzing the historical origins, inner workings, and horrific toll of the Caliphate. By documenting the true stories of men, women, and children whose lives have been destroyed by the radical group, Jihad and the West presents the human face of the thousands who have been kidnapped, raped, tortured, and murdered by the Islamic State, including Kayla Mueller, who was kidnapped, given to the Caliphate's leader as a sex slave, and ultimately killed.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 278 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 14.73mm | 358g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 26 b&w illus.
  • 0253027128
  • 9780253027122

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This is an interesting and well-written comprehensive primer of the full magnitude of the Islamic State's jihadi war against the West, the extremist religious ideology that animates it, Western Muslim individuals who have been radicalized, indoctrinated, and mobilized to fight on its behalf, and their terrorist operations against the West. * Perspectives on Terrorism, December 2016 *show more

About Mark Silinsky

Mark Silinsky is a veteran analyst in the Department of Defense, an adjunct professor at the United States Army War College, and an affiliate professor at the University of Haifa. He has served in U.S. Army intelligence; as an Army civilian Foreign Area Officer (FAO) for Eurasia, Russian language; an Africa analyst for the Defense Intelligence Agency; an action officer for the Joint Staff, J5; and a research fellow as part of the Exceptional Analyst Program. He is the author of The Taliban: Afghanistan's Most Lethal Insurgent Group.show more

Table of contents

ForewordGlossaryIntroduction1. Black Flag over Babylon2. Eurabia and Beyond: The Caliphate's Breeding Ground3. The Caliphate in Western Culture4. Blue-Eyed Jihad: The Caliphate's Foreign Legion, Part One5. Blue-Eyed Jihad: The Caliphate's Foreign Legion, Part Two6. Salafist Dystopia: Life in the State7. The Killing Floor8. The Caliphate Abroad: The Anglo-Saxons9. Black Flags Abroad: The French SpeakersEpilogue: "A Taste of Vengeance"BibliographyIndexshow more