The Way of the Strangers - Encounters with the Islamic State-logo

The Way of the Strangers - Encounters with the Islamic State

Graeme Wood

The definitive account of the strategy, psychology, and fundamentalism driving the Islamic State, from the author of the groundbreaking Atlantic story "What ISIS Really Wants." "Fascinating, terrifying, occasionally blackly humorous."-Steven Pinker, author of The Better Angels of Our Nature, on "What ISIS Really Wants" Tens of thousands of men and women have left comfortable, privileged lives to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-and kill for it. To them, its violence is beautiful and holy, and the caliphate a fulfillment of prophecy and the only place on earth where they can live and die as Muslims. The Way of the Strangers is an intimate journey into the minds of the Islamic State's most radical true believers. From the streets of Cairo to the mosques of London, Graeme Wood interviews supporters, recruiters, and sympathizers of the group. We meet an Egyptian tailor who once made bespoke suits for Paul Newman and now wants to live, finally, under Shariah; a Japanese convert who believes that the eradication of borders-one of the Islamic State's proudest achievements-is a religious imperative; and a charming, garrulous Australian preacher who translates the group's sermons and threats into English and is accused of recruiting for the organization. We also learn about a prodigy of Islamic rhetoric, now stripped of the citizenship of the nation of his birth and determined to see it drenched in blood. Wood speaks with non-Islamic State Muslim scholars and jihadists, and explores the group's idiosyncratic, coherent approach to Islam. The Islamic State is bent on murder and apocalypse, but its followers find meaning and fellowship in its utopian dream. Its first caliph, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, has declared that he is the sole legitimate authority for Muslims worldwide. The theology, law, and emotional appeal of the Islamic State are key to understanding it-and predicting what its followers will do next. Through character study and analysis, Wood provides a clear-eyed look at a movement that has inspired so ma

The definitive account of the strategy, psychology, and fundamentalism driving the Islamic State, from the author of the groundbreaking Atlantic story "What ISIS Really Wants." "Fascinating, terrifying, occasionally blackly humorous."-Steven Pinker, author of The Better Angels of Our Nature, on "What ISIS Really Wants" Tens of thousands of men and women have left comfortable, privileged lives to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-and kill for it. To them, its violence is beautiful and holy, and the caliphate a fulfillment of prophecy and the only place on earth where they can live and die as Muslims. The Way of the Strangers is an intimate journey into the minds of the Islamic State's most radical true believers. From the streets of Cairo to the mosques of London, Graeme Wood interviews supporters, recruiters, and sympathizers of the group. We meet an Egyptian tailor who once made bespoke suits for Paul Newman and now wants to live, finally, under Shariah; a Japanese convert who believes that the eradication of borders-one of the Islamic State's proudest achievements-is a religious imperative; and a charming, garrulous Australian preacher who translates the group's sermons and threats into English and is accused of recruiting for the organization. We also learn about a prodigy of Islamic rhetoric, now stripped of the citizenship of the nation of his birth and determined to see it drenched in blood. Wood speaks with non-Islamic State Muslim scholars and jihadists, and explores the group's idiosyncratic, coherent approach to Islam. The Islamic State is bent on murder and apocalypse, but its followers find meaning and fellowship in its utopian dream. Its first caliph, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, has declared that he is the sole legitimate authority for Muslims worldwide. The theology, law, and emotional appeal of the Islamic State are key to understanding it-and predicting what its followers will do next. Through character study and analysis, Wood provides a clear-eyed look at a movement that has inspired so ma
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The definitive account of the strategy, psychology, and fundamentalism driving the Islamic State, from the author of the groundbreaking Atlantic story "What ISIS Really Wants." "Fascinating, terrifying, occasionally blackly humorous."-Steven Pinker, author of The Better Angels of Our Nature, on "What ISIS Really Wants" Tens of thousands of men and women have left comfortable, privileged lives to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-and kill for it. To them, its violence is beautiful and holy, and the caliphate a fulfillment of prophecy and the only place on earth where they can live and die as Muslims. The Way of the Strangers is an intimate journey into the minds of the Islamic State's most radical true believers. From the streets of Cairo to the mosques of London, Graeme Wood interviews supporters, recruiters, and sympathizers of the group. We meet an Egyptian tailor who once made bespoke suits for Paul Newman and now wants to live, finally, under Shariah; a Japanese convert who believes that the eradication of borders-one of the Islamic State's proudest achievements-is a religious imperative; and a charming, garrulous Australian preacher who translates the group's sermons and threats into English and is accused of recruiting for the organization. We also learn about a prodigy of Islamic rhetoric, now stripped of the citizenship of the nation of his birth and determined to see it drenched in blood. Wood speaks with non-Islamic State Muslim scholars and jihadists, and explores the group's idiosyncratic, coherent approach to Islam. The Islamic State is bent on murder and apocalypse, but its followers find meaning and fellowship in its utopian dream. Its first caliph, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, has declared that he is the sole legitimate authority for Muslims worldwide. The theology, law, and emotional appeal of the Islamic State are key to understanding it-and predicting what its followers will do next. Through character study and analysis, Wood provides a clear-eyed look at a movement that has inspired so ma

Language:

English

Length:

11h 29m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:12


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:10


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:33


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:13


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:36


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:29


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:13


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:49


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:36


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:30


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:54


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:02


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:15


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:07


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:50


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:43


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:46


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:55


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:12


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:51


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:17


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:05


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:58


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:31


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:28


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:16


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:54


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:26


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:18


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:49


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:28


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:39


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:59


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:51


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:54


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:26


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:54


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:50


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:50


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:46


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:33


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:06


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:33


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:44


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:06


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:58


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:29


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:17


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:54


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:47


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:23


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:33


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:44


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:13


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:11


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:08


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:17


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:48


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:00


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:43


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:26


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:26


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:32


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:34


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:14


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:54


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:23


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:13


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:48


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:58


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:32


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:10


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:58


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:07


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:14


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:55


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:08


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:22


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:34


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

08:55


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

08:10


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:15


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:56


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:50


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

08:43


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:38


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:21


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:06


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

08:08


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:32


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:00


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:45


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

08:52


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:27


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:17


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:28


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

06:58


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

06:44


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:44


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

08:32


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:46


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

07:11


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:58


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

07:50


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

03:42


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:05


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

08:47


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:00


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

03:35


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:35


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:49


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

06:49


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

00:35