Jihad and death : the global appeal of Islamic State
Title: Jihad and death : the global appeal of Islamic State
Author: ROY, Olivier
Citation: London : Hurst Publishers, 2017
How has ISIS been able to muster support far beyond its initial constituency in the Arab world and attract tens of thousands of foreign volunteers, including converts to Islam, and seemingly countless supporters online? In this compelling intervention into the debate about ISIS' origins and future prospects, the renowned French sociologist, Olivier Roy, argues that while terrorism and Jihadism are familiar phenomena, the deliberate pursuit of death has produced a new kind of radical violence. In other words, we're facing not a radicalization of Islam, but the Islamization of radicalism. Jihad and Death is a concise dissection of the highly sophisticated narrative mobilised by ISIS: the myth of the Caliphate recast into a modern story of heroism and nihilism. According to Roy, this very contemporary aesthetic of violence is less rooted in the history of Islamic thought than it is entrenched in a youth culture that has turned global and violent.
Table of Contents:
-- 1. Jihadism and terrorism : the pursuit of death -- 2. Who are the radicals? -- 3. The Jihadi imaginary : the Islamization of radicalism -- 4. From the shadow of Bin Laden to the sun of ISIS -- Conclusion : Waiting for Al-Godot
Initial version: http://hdl.handle.net/1814/43647
Version: Translated into English by Cynthia SCHOCH from the French original published by Le Seuil (2016).