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Rules for RebelsThe Science of Victory in Militant History$
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Max Abrahms

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198811558

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198811558.001.0001

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Introduction: The Stupid Terrorist

Introduction: The Stupid Terrorist

(p.1) Introduction: The Stupid Terrorist
Rules for Rebels

Max Abrahms

Oxford University Press

Islamic State was depicted in the media as a bunch of terrorist masterminds. The leadership was supposedly strategic to maximize fear by encouraging Muslims to inflict bloodshed around the world and then bragging about it over social media. But pundits were too busy extolling the genius of this evil strategy to realize that the caliphate was going up in smoke. The Islamic State’s plight was predictable from the get-go because the leaders failed to follow the rules for rebels. The author has extensively studied the political plights of hundreds of militant groups throughout world history and reveals that successful militant leaders have followed three rules. These rules are based on original insights from the fields of political science, psychology, criminology, economics, management, marketing, communication, and sociology. It turns out there’s a science to victory in militant history. But even rebels must follow rules.

Keywords:   Islamic State, caliphate, leaders, leadership, terrorists, terrorism, rebels

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