Summary

From Graeme Wood, author of the explosive Atlantic cover story 'What ISIS Really Wants', comes the definitive book on the history, psychology, character and aims of the Islamic State. Based on Wood's unprecedented access to supporters, recruiters and high-ranking members of the most infamous jihadist group in the world, The Way of the Strangers is a riveting, fast-paced deep dive into the apocalyptic dogma that informs the group's worldview, from the ideas that motivate it to the 'fatwa factory' that produces its laws to its very specific plans for the future. By accepting that ISIS truly believes the end is nigh, we can understand its strategy - and predict what it will do next.
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"Wood is a fearless, relentlessly curious and magnetically interesting writer who takes us on an intellectual and theological journey to the darkest places on the planet, and yet he manages to do this without despairing for our collective future. This book is a triumph of journalism." (Jeffrey Goldberg, editor in chief, The Atlantic)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Fat Tony on 03-07-17

Understanding the Islamic State

The book is fascinating. If you want to know how IS members think, it is perfect. It's truly mind-opening to try to understand these rational lunatics. It explains why few clerics manage to efficiently counter their theology. Also, books like these are perhaps the only way we can approximate an understanding of the medieval mindset. Let's hope it perishes quickly!

Woods writing is very entertaining and witty.

The narration is also good.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Wras on 25-06-17

Up close and personal with Islamist.


This is an exploration of Islamist movement by engaging with the radicalizers, the converts, and explain some of the whys of their twisted logic. It explains some of the theology as they perceive it and as it is explained to those they want to convert, it is very well researched and explored deeply; the commentary is minimal as this is more of a reportage in the form of a book.
Like all religions Islam is full of illogical ideas and cultural references that have little to do with logic or reality, belief is a form acceptance of the irrational to attain salvation. The apocalyptic references are as interesting and as crazy as exorcism is in the Catholic church.
Very informative an eye opener that will explain the thought proses and the subjugation of the mind one must endure to become a believer.
I do not understand how we give religions such a powerful positions within our societies; religions must serve greatly those in power for it to be permissible, to protect so much stupidity.
A very good read that will explain a lot about the irrational mindset of Islamist.

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By David Wood on 05-03-17

Convincing, well-researched, thoughtful, frighteni


Via its absorbing retelling of probing interviews with supporters of the Islamic State, and a compelling analysis of publications by its adherents, "The Way of the Strangers" provides important insight into what really motivates the organisation. The evidence shows convincingly that the organisation is (despite common opinions to the contrary): thoroughly religious, part of an authentic strand of Islam, and a genuine threat to human well-being worldwide.

It's also chilling to compare the intense self-assurance of the IS supporters with the intense self-assurance of the Trump fan boys.

In short, the book is convincing, well-researched, thoughtful, and frightening.

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