Book Review: “Black Flags: The Rise of Isis”


This is a compelling and very readable account of the global rise of ISIS. Reading it, one definitely gets a sense of the strange and persistent allure of this craven movement and its butchery. I find it interesting that, as many Americans sniff at President Obama’s refusal to categorize ISIS as “radical Islamic terrorism,” key leaders in the Muslim faith stoutly agree with him. Al-Azhar’s grand imam, Ahmed el-Tayeb, was exhorted by Jordan’s King Hussein to publicly denounce ISIS in all its forms. The spiritual leader went further even than that, stating emphatically: “ISIS is not merely un-Islamic, [they are] Satanic.” Any citizen who longs for an end to this scourge will find the book must-reading.

About David B. Smith

I'm a math professor at San Bernardino Valley College - awesome place! - and author of adult Christian fiction. Lisa and I have two grown daughters and four grandkids.
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