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The Hollow Kingdom: ISIS and the Cult of Jihad


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AuthorEdna Fernandes
Published LanguageEnglish
Publication Year2018
PublisherSpeaking Tiger
BindingPaperback with flaps
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A timely and insightful book on ISIS—the world’s most dangerous terrorist network—by the bestselling author of Holy Warriors.

Governments across the world openly acknowledge the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as one of the greatest terrorist threats in history, greater even than Al Qaeda, which first set light to a global jihad. Never before has there been such a wealth of information, propaganda and counter-propaganda available on the subject, especially on the Internet. And yet, in all the noise, there’s confusion. This book draws on thorough research and rare interviews to deconstruct the founding ideology of ISIS and chart its growth: how it recruits, using the Dark Web to indoctrinate the disaffected and the emotionally vulnerable across the world; how it has spread globally, using violence as theatre and making secret pacts with cynical governments; and how it finances itself—through sale of oil, extortion and slave trade. The book also examines how this terrorist state is being dismantled by an unlikely coalition of forces from the Middle East and the West, even as it warns that the nationalist chauvinism and economic protectionism sweeping the world today could provide new fuel to ISIS and its ideology.

Rigorous and insightful, The Hollow Kingdom is a necessary read—a compelling mix of research and reportage.

About the author
Edna Fernandes is the British Indian author of the best-selling and acclaimed Holy Warriors: A Journey into the Heart of Indian Fundamentalism. Holy Warriors was a finalist for the international 2008 Index on Censorship TR Fyvel prize and nominated for India’s Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Best Book Award. Her second book, The Last Jews of Kerala, was a finalist for India’s 2009 Vodafone Crossword literary prize and named a UK Sunday Times Travel Book of the Year. She is former Special Correspondent for the Mail on Sunday, former foreign correspondent for the Financial Times and UK political correspondent for Reuters. Her new book The Hollow Kingdom: ISIS and the Cult of Jihad examines the most dangerous terrorist group in modern history, deconstructing Islamic State's ideology, funding and recruitment structure.

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