The Believer: How an Introvert with a Passion for Religion and Soccer Became Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Leader of the Islamic State

Brookings Institution Press
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In The Believer, Will McCants tells the story of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State (a.k.a. ISIS), a group so brutal and hardline that even al-Qaida deemed them too extreme. Baghdadi, an introverted religious scholar, with a passion for soccer, now controls large swaths of land in Iraq and Syria. McCants shows how Baghdadi became radicalized in the Saddam Hussein era and found his path to power after connecting with other radicals in an American prison during the Iraq War, culminating in his declaration of a reborn Islamic empire bent on world conquest.
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William McCants is a fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings and director of its Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Johns Hopkins University, and served as a State Department senior adviser for countering violent extremism. McCants is author of Founding Gods, Inventing Nations: Conquest and Culture Myths from Antiquity to Islam (Princeton University Press), and The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State (St. Martin's Press).

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Brookings Institution Press
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Sep 1, 2015
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Pages
19
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ISBN
9780815728450
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English
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Political Science / Terrorism
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