Islamic State: Rewriting History

Dietrich, Richard
This is a review of the book Islamic State: Rewriting History by Michael Griffin. It provides a chronological account of the organization’s emergence and the role that external global actors had on its development. In addition it examines ISIS’ use of media and the possible effects of its expansion on regional relations.
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R. Dietrich, “Islamic State: Rewriting History,” Contemporary Voices, pp. 45–48, 2017, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: