“Virtual Caliphate is one of the very best books I have ever read on how the Internet has totally transformed the international jihad in the past decade. Yaakov Lappin has written the definitive book on the most pressing national security issue we face today—the radicalization of Islamic extremists on the Internet. Lappin has demonstrated with mesmerizing detail how the global jihad village has emerged on the Internet. He has written a book that will capture the attention of anyone—from the public to senior policymakers—concerned with radical Islam. It is must reading.”
– Steven Emerson, executive director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism and author of American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us
“Virtual Caliphate takes the reader into the heart of a disturbing and global Internet phenomenon. Lappin proposes a startling new way of viewing what jihadis are doing online, and his accessible prose invites readers from all walks of life to join him in exploring the jihadi Internet presence.”
– Yossi Melman, writer and commentator for the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz
“In the grand debate about the role of Islam in the conduct of terrorism, Virtual Caliphate goes a step further by placing that debate in the context of the Internet. Lappin makes an outstanding contribution to the literature on how online tactics are used to break down the initial raw mindset of potential terrorist recruits and create a virulent anti-Western audience ready to perform or support terrorist acts. Virtual Caliphate is a must read for the general audience, students, and policy analysts in Jerusalem and Washington as well as in Cairo and Riyadh.”
– Raymond Tanter, emeritus professor, University of Michigan; adjunct professor, Georgetown University
“Lappin’s ‘Virtual Caliphate’ is essential reading for all those interested in understanding and countering the threats posed by extremist Islamists on the Internet.”
– Joshua Sinai, associate professor for research, counterterrorism studies, Virginia Tech, Alexandria, Va. (From Washington Times book review)
Yaakov’s recently published book, Virtual Caliphate (published by Potomac Books, Inc.) – Order it here) proposes that an Islamist state has been established on the Internet by jihadis.
No state in existence today matches the radical al-Qaeda vision of a caliphate. It is precisely this failure to create a homeland, Yaakov asserts, that has necessitated the formation of an unforeseen and unprecedented entity— that is, a virtual caliphate.
An Islamist state that exists on computer servers around the world, the virtual caliphate is used by Islamists to carry out functions typically reserved for a physical state, such as creating training camps, mapping out a state’s constitution, and drafting tax laws. In Virtual Caliphate, Yaakov shows how Islamists, equipped with twenty-first-century technology to achieve a seventh-century vision, soon hope to upload the virtual caliphate into the physical world.
Front cover of book, courtesy of Potomac Books, Inc.