Academic freedom and the middle east studies association when islamic state the digital caliphate was published in the fall of 2015 the author abdel bari atwan was planning on coming to the united states for a book and lecture tour. Islamic state also known as isis isil and daesh stunned the world when it overran an area the size of great britain on both sides of the iraq syria border in a matter of weeks and proclaimed the birth of a new caliphate. In his new book islamic state the digital caliphate based on visits to the turkish syrian border online interviews with jihadists and the access to leaders he enjoys as one of the arab worlds most respected journalists abdel bari atwan draws a convincing picture of the islamic state as a well run organization that combines bureaucratic efficiency and military expertise with a . The only real weaknesses of islamic state the digital caliphate are the bias and hyperbole its author tends to display when discussing us foreign policy israel or the wests treatment of its muslim citizens when atwan tosses about the term conspiracy in the context of falling oil prices for example or talks of multinational . An islamist state that exists on computer servers around the world the virtual caliphate is used by islamists to carry out functions typically reserved for a physical state such as creating training camps mapping out a states constitution and drafting tax laws
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