The Mind of the Islamic State

By Robert Manne

# 10 in Redback Quarterly

$8.00

So often in history, it is ideas that kill…

What are the ideas that drive the Islamic State? How did it develop and systematise its unique form of apocalyptic violence?

In this gripping account, Robert Manne shows how the Islamic State’s worldview evolved, from the 1960s prison writings of Sayyid Qutb all the way to its elegant online magazine of horror, Dabiq. This gripping account reveals the crucial role of texts such as The Management of Savagery, and figures such as al-Zarqawi, who set out to pit Sunni against Shi’a, tearing Iraq apart.

Shortly after the fall of Mosul in June 2014, US General Michael Nagata said of the new jihadist threat: ‘We have not defeated the idea. We do not even understand the idea.’

By examining the beliefs and strategies at the heart of the Islamic State, Manne shows how a dark ideology came into being.

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