[ by Charles Cameron — a couple of grace-notes while I’m working on my review of Will McCants‘ book, The ISIS Apocalypse ]
My first note concerns the elegant way in which McCants‘ view of the changing state of IS eschatology as it has developed in practice conforms to Max Weber‘s theory of the routinization of charisma:
Toth, Toward a Theory of the Routinizationnof Charisma
McCants, p 147
There are four sentences that fall in series in Will McCants’s Conclusion — three of a kind followed by one with a different quality to it. Each one ends a section, and the last ends the Conclusion as a whole:
This is not Bin Laden’s apocalypse. This is not Bin Laden’s insurgency. This is not Bin Laden’s caliphate. This may not be Bin Laden’s jihad, but it’s a formula future jihadists will find hard to resist.
The relevant pages respectively are pp. 147, 151, 153, and 159.