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A short [THREAD] on the symbolism of some of the #IS media, most notably Dābiq and al-Aʿmāq. Might be a bit late, but this is indispensable for an account like mine, and offers a great view on the use of eschatological imagery by such groups.
All throughout #history, #Muslim groups on the rise tried to intertwine their cause with the prophetic eschatological narrations on the ultimate victory of the righteous group (al-ṭāʾifa al-manṣūra) who precede the coming of the Mehdī and the Messias.
A most notable example is the recurring interpretation of the black banners from the East as a sign of the victorious army, more specifically by the #Abbasid revolutionaries and modern-day armed Muslim groups. Dābiq and al-Aʿmāq belong in that same line of thought.
Dābiq Magazine is a collection of online magazines first published in July 2014 by the Islamic State (formerly #ISIS) as a collection of religious, political and societal pamphlets to further the overall cause of the organisation and to stimulate the recruiting of non-#Arabs.
Why was it called Dābiq? Dābiq is a small town in northern #Syria, historically rather insignificant other than providing the location for the famous Battle of Marj Dābiq (1516), where the #Mamluks were decisively defeated by the #Ottomans led by Selīm I.
Religiously its significance is more important. There is a narration by the Prophet Muḥammad in which he says: "The Hour will not come until the #Romans arrive in al-Aʿmāq or Dābiq, after which an army of al-Medīna of the best people will ride out against them on that day(...)"
Dābiq is mentioned here as the site of a massive battle between #Muslim warriors and the Romans, widely interpreted to mean #Christians. An apocalyptic battle, so states the narration, that will be won by the Muslim armies, after which they will enter #Constantinople.
Another place mentioned in the same narrations is (al-)Aʿmāq, a valley in the #Turkish Hatay Province close to Antioch. The Aʿmāq News Agency, or simply Aʿmāq, is also the eponymous news outlet of the Islamic State, launched in 2014 by Syrian journalist Barāʾ Kādek.
It's very important for groups like IS, who depend on popular support and a clear religious justification to be able to grow and develop, a need the organization met by naming many of its subdivisions names that, they hoped, would appeal to the #Muslims' imagination. [END]
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