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"As always, Robert Spencer is scholarly, thorough, fearless, and insistent in making sure we know the Islamic State. Don't say you haven't been warned."
—ANDREW C. McCARTHY, contributing editor of National Review and New York Times bestselling author of The Grand Jihad, Willful Blindness, and Islam and Free Speech

"Contains everything the people of the free world need to know about the foremost threat to freedom, and to every free person. This book shows how ISIS plans to sow murder and mayhem—and above all, how it can and must be stopped."
—GEERT WILDERS, member of parliament in the Netherlands and leader of the Dutch Party for Freedom (PVV)

"ISIS is here. If sanity still prevailed in our government and media, this book would be required reading for all elected officials and journalists."
—PAMELA GELLER, president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative

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It's the world's most spectacularly successful terrorist group—and the most mysterious. ISIS rocketed onto the world stage seemingly out of nowhere, beheading American hostages, bulldozing international borders, routing the American-trained Iraqi Army, carving out a new state that rules eight million people and a territory larger than the United Kingdom, perpetrating genocide, reviving slavery, pulverizing ancient monuments, and persuading its followers to carry out terror attacks in New York and Texas. But who are they? Where did ISIS come from, and how did they rise to power in so little time? What is driving them—and how can they be stopped?

Now New York Times bestselling author Robert Spencer reveals the blood-drenched history and inner workings of the Islamic State—its military conquests, how it is financing its expansion, the significance of the newly declared caliphate and its long roots in Muslim history, and the ideology that is driving its success. As Spencer reveals, the Islamic State has taken the first steps on the path to becoming a world power—steps that Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda dreamed of but were afraid to take. The Complete Infidel's Guide to ISIS is your one-stop easy reference for all you need to know about ISIS—and how to stop its reign of terror.

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Product Details

  • Series: Complete Infidel's Guides
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing (August 24, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1621574539
  • ISBN-13: 978-1621574538
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By William Garrison Jr. VINE VOICE on August 17, 2015
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"The Complete Infidel's Guide to ISIS" by Robert Spencer (Aug. 2015), 357 large-size, paperback pages.

Most people when hearing about some "ISIS" terrorist attack against Iraqis, Syrians, Christians, or others, ask:
*What makes the ISIS attackers so angry?
*Why are they so murderous?
*Do they really have an ideology that compels them to murder their captives in so many deviant methods (burning them alive, drowning them, cutting off their victim's heads while still alive)?
*What are these savages up to?
*Are they really a threat to me?
*Why are so many young European Muslims traveling to Iraq to join the militant ISIS forces?

These questions, and many more, are explained well by the long-time, jihadist critic: Mr. Robert Spencer (who has written a number of Islamo- realism books).

But just in case you are just learning of this topic, let us briefly explain what ISIS is as defined by most western media: "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant/al-Sham": ISIL or ISIS; and for the Arabic purists: "ad-Dawlah al-Islamiyah fi'l-'Iraq wa-sh-Sham" or the less wordy: "al-Daesh" ("The State") or mockingly by its critics as the simple "daesh" ("state" [i.e. non-real state]).

Wow: Amazon has nicely provided a "Look Inside" feature so that a potential buyer can view several select pages to determine whether or not the book is of interest. Double-Wow: whose idea it was I don't know, but Amazon's "Look Inside" feature (as of 17 Aug. 2015) allows a person to look at/read almost 99% of the entire book -- most unusual.

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A great scholarly work by an acute expert who knows his stuff. If you are wondering whether what Bill Maher said about Islam being the 'connecting tissue' to Islamic terrorism, especially ISIS then look no further than this book. Filled with historical facts, Quranic quotations etc., Robert Spencer in an easy to read format and manner yet highly referenced fashion tells you how it is. I'm grateful for this book and plan to buy it for friends and family. ISIS (I prefer to just say Islam myself) is the Nazism of our times and such evil has to be reckoned with physically but especially ideologically. We can't do that without the right knowledge and this book provides that. When journalists, politicians etc., try to say ISIS has nothing to do with Islam then they obviously haven't read the Hadith, Sira, Qur'an or Classical Islamic scholars (plenty of this beef in the book) not to mention contemporary scholars. Here is one quote in the book by an Egyptian Sheik several years before ISIS formed:

"Jihad is only between Muslims and infidels. . . . Do you understand what I'm saying? Spoils, slaves, and prisoners are only to be taken in war between Muslims and infidels. Muslims in the past conquered, invaded, and took over countries. This is agreed by all scholars--there is no disagreement on this by any of them, from the smallest to the largest, on the issue of taking spoils and prisoners. The prisoners and spoils are distributed among the fighters, which includes men, women, children, wealth, and so on.
When a slave market is erected, which is a market in which are sold slaves and sex-slaves, which are called in the Qur'an by the name 'milk al-yamin', "that which your right hands possess" [Qur'an 4:24].
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Robert Spencer is a great scholar of Islam and he has been educating the people over Islamic ideologies such as sharia law, jihad, fatwa, jizya (a capitation tax levied on non-Muslims), beheadings of infidels, death for apostasy, intolerance to other faiths and culture by quoting the verses from Quran and Hadith. This book documents the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the dangers it poses to the rest of the world. The author presents facts and scriptural backing to show that ISIS is planning and executing the idea of killings of non-believers. The enslavement of Christian and Yazidi women in ISIS-controlled areas and their harsh treatment is a gross violation of human rights.

Minorities who want to remain in the "caliphate" face three options: converting to Islam, paying a religious levy (jizya) or face death. ISIS is a Salafi group that follows a literal interpretation of Islam which promotes religious violence and regards those who do not agree with its interpretations as infidels or apostates. ISIS believes that they are following the warriors of the original caliphate and it has recruited large populations of young Muslims from around the world. They have also recruited Iraqi children as young as nine to its ranks. The caliphate of ISIS states that the legality of all emirates, groups, states and organizations becomes null by the expansion of the Khalifah's [caliphate's] authority and arrival of its troops to their areas. In fact this is very worrisome for Saudi royal family and other emirates in the region that worry more about losing their power than the fate of its population. ISIS is also stepping up its military capabilities in all possible ways for long global war (jihad).
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