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The Mind of the Islamic State

The Mind of the Islamic State

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Robert Manne

Robert Manne is emeritus professor of politics at La Trobe University. His recent books include Making Trouble: Essays Against the New Complacency, and The Words that Made Australia (as co-editor). He has written three Quarterly …

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Praise for The Mind of the Islamic State

‘If you want to understand how it all began, this is an essential read: a deep dive into how the ideologues behind salafi jihadism shaped the global menace that we now know as Islamic State.’ —Martin Chulov, Middle East correspondent for the Guardian

‘In The Mind of the Islamic State Robert Manne has given us a crystal clear guide to jihadist thought: why they do what they do and why they believe what they believe. Essential reading for anyone interested in terrorism and how it has evolved, this concise but thorough study takes one on a rich and fascinating journey of ideas, introducing a rogue's gallery of beguilingly dark characters. The Mind of the Islamic State is intellectual history at its most vital. The stakes could not be higher.’ —Mark Danner, author of Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War and Stripping Bare the Body


‘It is, almost certainly, the most challenging and important work he has done in a long career as a public intellectual.’ —Paul Monk, Weekend Australian