Bibliography on the History and Evolution of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham

For those that need a refresher or are new to the subject. Let me know if I missed anything important. — Flag of al-Qaeda in Iraq.svgNvrJg Articles: Aaron Y. Zelin, “A Closer Look at ISIS (Part I),” September 10, 2013. Aaron Y. Zelin, “A Closer Look at ISIS (Part II),” September 11, 2013. Aaron Y. Zelin, “Al-Qaeda Disaffiliates with the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham,” February 4, 2014. Aaron Y. Zelin, “Announcing An Islamic State in Syria,” April 9, 2013. Aaron Y. Zelin, “The ISIS Guide to Building an Islamic State,” June 13, 2014. Aaron Y. Zelin, “The Return of Sunni Foreign Fighters in Iraq,” June 12, 2014. Abdul Hameed Bakier, “Internet Jihadists React to the Deaths of Al-Qa`ida’s Leaders in Iraq,” May 3, 2010.
Abdul Hameed Bakier, “Islamic State of Iraq Brings Internet Propaganda to the Streets,” April 24, 2010. Abdul Hameed Bakier, “Jihadis Ask How the Mujahideen Will Control an Islamic State of Iraq,” August 6, 2009. Andrea Plebani, “Ninawa Province: Al-Qa`ida’s Remaining Stronghold,” January 13, 2010.
Brian Fishman, “The Islamic State Returns to Fallujah,” January 10, 2014. Clint Watts, “ISIS’s Rise After al Qaeda’s House of Cards – Part 4 of “Smarter Counterterrorism”,” March 22, 2014. Cole Bunzel, “Caliphate Now: Jihadis Debate the Islamic State,” November 25, 2013. Cole Bunzel, “Introducing the “Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria”,” April 9, 2013. Cole Bunzel, “The Islamic State of Disobedience: al-Baghdadi Triumphant,” October 5, 2013. Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Bridget Moreng, “Al-Qaeda’s Offensive Against Iraq’s Sahwa,” September 30, 2013. Douglas A. Ollivant and Brian Fishman, “State of Jihad: The Reality of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria,” May 21, 2014. Gary Gambill, “Abu Mus’ab al-Zarqawi: A Biographical Sketch,” December 16, 2004. Gordon Corera, “Unraveling Zarqawi’s al-Qaeda Connection,” May 5, 2005. Letta Taylor, “Before the Fall: ISIS was wreaking havoc in Mosul long before it took over the city,” June 13, 2014. Matthew Levitt, “Zarqawi’s Jordanian Agenda,” December 16, 2004. Michael Knights, “The ISIL’s Stand in the Ramadi-Falluja Corridor,” May 29, 2014. Mr. Orange’s War Tracker, “Abû Bakr al-Baghdâdi and his possible Môsul past,” June 13, 2014. Murad Batal al-Shishani, “The Dangerous Ideas of the Neo-Zarqawist Movement,” September 3, 2009. Murad Batal al- Shishani, “The Salafi-Jihadist Movement in Iraq: Recruitment Methods and Arab Volunteers,” December 2, 2005. Nathaniel Rosenblatt, “ISIS’ Plan to Govern Syria – And What the US Should Do About It,” October 31, 2013 Pascale Combelles Siegel, “Islamic State of Iraq Commemorates its Two-Year Anniversary,” October 15, 2008. Sam Wyer, “The Islamic State of Iraq’s “Destroying the Walls” Campaign,” September 21, 2012. Reports: Benjamin Bahney, Howard J. Shatz, Carroll Ganier, Renny McPherson, and Barbara Sude, “An Economic Analysis of the Financial Records of al-Qa’ida in Iraq,” 2005. Brian Fishman, “Dysfunction and Decline Lessons Learned From Inside Al-Qa`ida in Iraq,” March 16, 2009.
Brian Fishman, “Fourth Generation Governance: Sheikh Tamimi defends the Islamic State of Iraq,” March 23, 2007.
Brian Fishman, “Redefining the Islamic State: The Fall and Rise of Al-Qaeda in Iraq,” August 2011.
Clint Watts, “Foreign Fighters: How are they being recruited?,” 2008.
Daniel Kimmage and Kathleen Ridolfo, “Iraqi Insurgent Media- The War Of Images And Ideas,” June 2007.
Jessica D. Lewis, “al-Qaeda in Iraq Resurgent: The Breaking The Walls Campaign, Part I,” September 2013.
Jessica D. Lewis, “al-Qaeda in Iraq Resurgent: The Breaking The Walls Campaign, Part II,” October 2013.
Jessica D. Lewis, “AQI’s “Soldiers’ Harvest” Campaign,” October 9, 2013.
Jessica D. Lewis, “The Islamic State of Iraq Returns To Diyala,” April 2014.
Joseph Felter and Brian Fishman, “Al-Qa’ida’s Foreign Fighters in Iraq: A First Look At the Sinjar Records,” January 2008.
Nibras Kazimi, “A Virulent Ideology in Mutation: Zarqawi Upstages Maqdisi,” September 2005.
Nibras Kazimi, “The Caliphate Attempted: Zarqawi’s Ideological Heirs, their Choice for a Caliph, and the Collapse of their Self-Styled “Islamic State of Iraq”,” July 2008.
Nibras Kazimi, “Zarqawi’s Anti-Shia Legacy: Original or Borrowed?,” November 2006.
Reuven Paz, “The Impact of the War in Iraq On the Global Jihad,” March 2005.
Journal Articles:
Ahmed S. Hashim, “The Insurgency in Iraq,” 2003.
Benjamin W. Bahney, Radha K. Iyengar, Patrick B. Johnston, Danielle F. Jung, Jacob N. Shapiro, and Howard J. Shatz, “Insurgent Compensation: Evidence from Iraq,” May 2013.
Christopher Hewitt and Jessica Kelley-Moore, “Foreign Fighters in Iraq: A Cross-National Analysis of Jihadism,” 2009.
George Michael and Joseph Scolnick, “The Strategic Limits of Suicide Terrorism in Iraq,” 2006.
Matthew Levitt, “Foreign Fighters and Their Economic Impact: a Case Study of Syria and al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI),” September 2009.
Mohammed M. Hafez, “Jihad after Iraq: Lessons from the Arab Afghans,” 2009.
Mohammed M. Hafez, “Martyrdom Mythology in Iraq- How Jihadists Frame Suicide Terrorism in Videos and Biographies,” 2007.
Mohammed M. Hafez, “Suicide Terrorism in Iraq: A Preliminary Assessment of the Quantitative Data and Documentary Evidence,” 2007.
Petter Nesser, “Jihadism in Western Europe After the Invasion of Iraq: Tracing Motivational Influences from the Iraq War on Jihadist Terrorism in Western Europe,” September 2006.
Truls Hallberg Tønnessen, “Training on a Battlefield: Iraq as a Training Ground for Global Jihadis,” 2008.
Edited Volumes:
Brian Fishman (ed), “Bombers, Bank Accounts and Bleedout al-Qa’ida’s Road In and Out of Iraq,” July 22, 2008.
Asiem El Difraoui, Al-Qaida par l’image. La prophétie du martyre, 2013. Jean-Charles Brisard, Zarqawi: The New Face of Al-Qaeda, 2005. Mohammed M. Hafez, Suicide Bombers in Iraq: The Strategy and Ideology of Martyrdom, 2007.

Check out my new piece for The Atlantic: "The ISIS Guide to Building an Islamic State"

No sooner had it seized the Iraqi city of Mosul and surrounding villages, than the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) began outlining how it would govern its dawla (state). On Thursday, the Sunni militant group released a wathiqat al-madina (charter of the city) to Moslawis. Many residents of the largely Sunni city may have initially welcomed the “liberation” from Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s Shiite-dominated regime, which they had major grievances with, but they might have sobered up after reading the jihadists’ interpretation of sharialaw. Those who steal will have their hands chopped off. Islam’s five daily prayers must be performed on time. Drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes are forbidden. Carrying weapons and non-ISIS flags is illegal. All shrines and graves will be destroyed, since they are considered polytheistic. Women must dress modestly (a euphemism for the full-body niqab).
The rules highlight the harsh realities of life in ISIS territory. But what’s often overlooked is that the group also has a soft-power governing strategy that includes social servicesreligious lectures, and da’wa (proselytizing) to local populations, including parts of the northwestern Iraqi province of Anbar, which it seized this past winter. In its charter for Mosul, ISIS notes that Sunnis who worked in the Maliki government’s institutions and security apparatus can atone for their actions and ward off imprisonment or execution. ISIS has already allowed sahwa members (participants in Sunni “Awakening” councilsthat the U.S. stood up during its troop “surge” against al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), ISIS’s forerunner, a decade ago) to repent in Babil and Diyala provinces.
The best way to get a sense of ISIS’s blueprint for state-building is to look at how it has ruled al-Raqqa governorate and other territory in neighboring Syria.
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al-Furqān Media presents a new audio message from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shām’s Shaykh Abū Muḥammad al ‘Adnānī al-Shāmī: "The Good That Has Happened To You Is From God"

UPDATE 6/12/14 9:48 AM: Here is an English translation of the below Arabic audio message:
Click the following link for a safe PDF copy: Shaykh Abū Muḥammad al ‘Adnānī al-Shāmī — “The Good That Has Happened To You Is From God” (En)

Shaykh Abū Muḥammad al ‘Adnānī al-Shāmī- “The Good That Has Happened To You Is From God”


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al-Batār Media Foundation presents a new article from Abū Ḥāmid al-Barqāwī: "[The Islamic] State and the Time of the Imams Da'wah"

Click the following link for a safe PDF copy: Abū Ḥāmid al-Barqāwī — “[The Islamic] State and the Time of the Imams Da’wah”

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