A Tale of Two Places – Dabiq and Rumiyah

[ by Charles Cameron — Rumiyah is a city for sure, Dabiq not so much ] . The Islamic State has a new magazine out, and it’s titled Rumiyah, not Dabiq. Here’s the first inside page of the first issue of Dabiq, together with the cover of the first issue of Rumiyah: And here’s the […] Read more »

Dabiq issue 15, specific notes part 1, Crucifixion

[ by Charles Cameron — first of two parts of an essay on Dabiq‘s attack on Christian doctrines ] . ** I have written a two part essay examining the latest issue of ISIS’ Dabiq magazine, which is essentially an attack on Christianity and invitation ot Islam. The first part, dealing mostly with the Crucifixion, […] Read more »

Fake and authentic Dabiq #15s

[ by Charles Cameron — noting a further IS propaganda effort to frame its terror as a war against Christendom ] . Fake Dabiq 15: Fake version/s of #SIS English mag, #Dabiq 15, are circulated on twitter. Not 1st time bogus #ISIS/ #AQ mags surface pic.twitter.com/yYUK0Bc71T — Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) June 9, 2016 Clicking through […] Read more »

A stunning reversal

[ by Charles Cameron — Dabiq vs the Qur’an — again, it’s the formal precision of the reversal that inrerests me ] . ** It is not the fact that the Islamic State delights in killing infidels that surprises me, it’s the utter reversal of the Qur’an’s own emphasis on the value of a single […] Read more »

The paradoxical roles of luxury cars in the lives of the women of IS

[ by Charles Cameron — not particularly anxious to own a BMW — but did I once win a Rolls for a night of Bach at the Hollywood Bowl ] . Sources: Belfast Telegraph, Jihadi brides with BMW M5s Dabiq, issue #8 p.34, The Twin Halves of the Muhajirin So we’re somewhat fond of the […] Read more »

Joas Wagemakers on al-Maqdisi & the Jordanian pilot negotiations

[ by Charles Cameron — it’s so awkward when the top jihadist scholar in your own lineage doesn’t like your caliphate or your behavior! ] . ** In the Foreword to issue 7 of the IS magazine Dabiq, we find mention of Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, mentor of IS’ inspirational predecessor Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, along with […] Read more »