Book Launch: A Theory of Isis: Political Violence and the Transformation of the Global Order

Book Launch

A Theory of Isis: Political Violence and the Transformation of the Global Order


With Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou, author of "A Theory of Isis: Political Violence and the Transformation of the Global Order"

How should ISIS be theorized? Where was the violence of the Islamic State born, what meaning did it carry, and where did it head? Ultimately, what impact has the transnational armed group had on contemporary international history and how should social sciences account for it? Arguing that dominant accounts of the radical Islamist group have been characteristically under-theorized and overly descriptive, Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou articulates in his new book A Theory of ISIS – Political Violence and the Transformation of the Global Order (University of Chicago Press and Pluto Press, 2018), an original perspective on the genesis, nature, and trajectory of the Islamic State historicizing it in relation to colonialism, modernity, and globalization.  


Date: 13th February 2018

Time: 13.00 - 14.30pm

Venue: War Studies meeting room ​​​​​​​(K6.07), Strand Campus, ​​​​​​​King’s College London

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Chair: Professor ‘Funmi Olonisakin

Vice President/Vice-Principal (International) King’s College London & Professor of Security, Leadership & Development

Opening Remarks: Professor John Gearson

Vice-Dean International, Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy, King's College London
Professor of National Security Studies & Director, Centre for Defence Studies

Commentator: Dr Shiraz Maher,

Deputy Director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) and a member of the War Studies Department at King’s College London.

About the Author: Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou

Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou is Professor of International History and Chair of the International History Department at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Previously the Associate Director of the Programme on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard University, he also teaches at the Doctoral School at Sciences Po Paris. He is the author of Iraq and the Second Gulf War – State-building and Regime Security (2002), Contre-Croisade – Le 11 Septembre et le Retournement du Monde (2004), Understanding Al Qaeda – Changing War and Global Politics (2011), and co-editor of Democratization in the 21st Century (2016).

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