The ISIS reader: milestone texts of the Islamic State movement (2020)
in: Oxford scholarship online
In the wake of its 'Caliphate' declaration in 2014, the self-described Islamic State has been the focus of countless academic papers, government studies, media commentaries and documentaries. Despite all this attention, persistent myths continue to shape - and misdirect - public understanding and strategic policy decisions. A significant factor in this trend has been a strong disinclination to engage critically with Islamic State's speeches and writings - as if doing so reflects empathy with the movement's goals or, even more absurdly, may itself lead to radicalization. Going beyond the descriptive and the sensationalist, this volume presents and analyses a series of milestone Islamic State primary source materials.