September 3, 2015


The Archivist: Critical Analysis of the Islamic State’s Health Department

The Islamic State's [IS] health department (Diwan al-Siha) is… [more]

The Archivist: Critical Analysis of the Islamic State’s Health Department The Archivist: Critical Analysis of the Islamic State's Health Department

SHI’I MILITIAS IN IRAQ AND SYRIA

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SHI’I MILITIAS IN IRAQ AND SYRIA SHI’I MILITIAS IN IRAQ AND SYRIA

The Archivist: 26 Unseen Islamic State Administrative Documents: Overview, Translation & Analysis

Introduction Of all jihadist groups, the Islamic State [IS]… [more]

The Archivist: 26 Unseen Islamic State Administrative Documents: Overview, Translation & Analysis The Archivist: 26 Unseen Islamic State Administrative Documents: Overview, Translation & Analysis

IMPLICATIONS FOR ISRAEL IN A TRANSFORMED MIDDLE EAST

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IMPLICATIONS FOR ISRAEL IN A TRANSFORMED MIDDLE EAST IMPLICATIONS FOR ISRAEL IN A TRANSFORMED MIDDLE EAST

“This Path and These Banners”- Nasheed from the Islamic State

The Islamic State's videos regularly feature very short nasheeds… [more]

“This Path and These Banners”- Nasheed from the Islamic State "This Path and These Banners"- Nasheed from the Islamic State

EUROPE AND THE CHANGING MIDDLE EAST

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EUROPE AND THE CHANGING MIDDLE EAST EUROPE AND THE CHANGING MIDDLE EAST

Syria’s New Diplomacy

Iran and Saudi Arabia have tabled rival peace plans for Syria,… [more]

Syria’s New Diplomacy Syria’s New Diplomacy

BARRY RUBIN’S LEGACY AND THE STUDY OF U.S. MIDDLE EAST POLICY

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BARRY RUBIN’S LEGACY AND THE STUDY OF U.S. MIDDLE EAST POLICY BARRY RUBIN’S LEGACY AND THE STUDY OF U.S. MIDDLE EAST POLICY

THE IRANIAN NUCLEAR PROGRAM AND REGIONAL INSTABLITY

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THE IRANIAN NUCLEAR PROGRAM AND REGIONAL INSTABLITY THE IRANIAN NUCLEAR PROGRAM AND REGIONAL INSTABLITY

The Archivist: Critical Analysis of the Islamic State’s Health Department

The Islamic State's [IS] health department (Diwan al-Siha) is probably most familiar to UK readers, who will recognize the 'ISHS' (Islamic State Health Service) branding as a spin-off of the 'NHS' (National Health Service). The ISHS was promoted in … [Read more...]

The Archivist: 26 Unseen Islamic State Administrative Documents: Overview, Translation & Analysis

Introduction Of all jihadist groups, the Islamic State [IS] by far has presented the most comprehensive, ostensible bureaucratic structure as part of its claimed state project, embodied foremost in a system of diwans (government departments) since … [Read more...]

“This Path and These Banners”- Nasheed from the Islamic State

The Islamic State's videos regularly feature very short nasheeds not released as individual productions by Ajnad Media. One example was covered on this blog here regarding Boko Haram's pledge of allegiance to the Islamic State to become West Africa … [Read more...]

Syria’s New Diplomacy

Iran and Saudi Arabia have tabled rival peace plans for Syria, but their aims are irreconcilable and no end to the conflict is in sight. As the civil war over the ruins of Syria grinds on into its fifth year, the fighting seems nowhere near an end. … [Read more...]

Liwa al-Sayyida Ruqayya: Recruiting the Shi’a of Damascus

Emblem of Liwa al-Sayyida Ruqayya: "The Ja'afari Force: The Islamic Resistance in Syria." The rallying call of Shi'a jihadi groups to defend the Sayyida Zainab shrine in the Damascus area is well known, but it is not the only religious symbol used … [Read more...]

Assessing U.S. and Coalition Strategy for Syria and the Islamic State

What to do about Syria? How to defeat the Islamic State? Think of all the op-eds and policy papers that aim to provide answers to these questions. But is there actually anything to them? What about the current U.S. approach? To begin with, one … [Read more...]

“We Have Risen, We Have Risen”- New Nasheed from the Islamic State

My initial translation below. Be sure also to read MEMRI's superb overview today of the most prominent Islamic State nasheeds here. Besides analyzing the poetic metre and language, the translations are more eloquent than my own, and they have made … [Read more...]

Archive of Jabhat al-Nusra Service Documents

Just as the Islamic State has its 'Diwan al-Khidamat' (Services Department) dedicated to the realm of public services, so too does Syria's al-Qa'ida affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra have its 'Public Administration for Services.' The archive below of … [Read more...]

The New Druze Militia Factions of Suwayda Province

As the Syria civil war has progressed with both rebels and the Islamic State [IS] encroaching on the territory of Suwayda province from the west and northeast respectively, more distinct militia factions centred on particular personalities have … [Read more...]

The Evolution in Islamic State Administration: The Documentary Evidence

The following article appeared in Perspectives on Terrorism Abstract This paper traces the development in Islamic State administration from the establishment of the Islamic State of Iraq in 2006 until the present day. The paper draws on rare … [Read more...]

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