Despite coalition air strikes, ISIS, or the Islamic State (IS), is a very dangerous group set on state development. It is not terrorist nor insurgent; ISIS represents a group that mixes extremism with state-building designs. They are mercantilism-fundamentalists if you will. They have their own notion of a state and all the functions of such a state. ISIS plans to produce its own currency soon although its viability is subject to debate. Importantly, ISIS is searching for expansion through a variety of tools that involve violence obviously but also by gaining followers through its social media campaign and accessing tribal networks for state building. Its program of “vilayaat” or “emirates” development, in some minor cases, is beginning to take shape throughout the MENA region and is likely to grow through local grievances and appeals to those who are outcasts in their own countries.
The seven vilayaat
The announcement of the Islamic State by “Caliph Ibrahim” on the first day of the Holy Month of Ramadan this year is part of the evolution of recognizing that now is the time to announce the vilayat.Dr. Theodore Karasik