Aug. 20, 2019
The jihadis’ modus operandi is based on a world-altering historic encounter forgotten in the West.
Today in history, on August 20, 636, one of the most consequential battles between Islam and the West took place, the Battle of Yarmuk. Not only did it decide whether the Arabian creed thrives or dies; it became a chief source of inspiration and instruction for jihadis throughout the centuries, right down to the Islamic State, or “ISIS.”
And yet, very few in the West are even aware of this encounter’s existence—much less how it motivates ISIS. As such, and in what follows, a detailed examination is offered.
The story begins, perhaps unsurprisingly, with the prophet of Islam.