IS study to Saqi

IS study to Saqi

Saqi Books has signed world rights to a new book on the rise of Islamic State by UK-based journalist Abdel Bari Atwan.

Atwan was editor-in-chief of the London-based pan-Arab daily al-Quds al-Arabi for 25 years, and now edits website Rai al-Youm.

The book, Islamic State: The Digital Caliphate, explores the origins and methods of Islamic State, based on field research and interviews with sources close to the group.

Saqi publisher Lynn Gaspard said: "Abdel Bari Atwan is a journalist with a proven track record in covering extremist movements (he interviewed bin Laden twice). Over the last twenty years, he has cultivated uniquely well-placed sources from within the various branches of al-Qa‘ida and other jihadi groups. He spoke to jihadists close to IS for this book and also interviewed militants who shared the same cell as Baghdadi. These are some of the many reasons why Atwan is able to provide such indispensable insights into the origins and operations of IS. This should be the most comprehensive study of the group to date."