Rumiyah (magazine)

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Rumiyah
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Rumiyah (Issue 1)
Categories Online magazine for propaganda
Frequency approximately monthly
Founder Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Year founded 2016
First issue September 5, 2016 (2016-09-05)
Country Syria (under Islamic State)
Based in Raqqa
Language Arabic, English, German, French, Indonesian, Turkish, Uyghur, Urdu

Rumiyah (Arabic: رومية‎, Rome) is an online magazine used by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) for propaganda and recruitment. It was first published in September 2016 and is released in several languages, including English, French, German, Russian, Indonesian and Uyghur.[1][2]

The magazine replaces Dabiq, Dar al-Islam and other magazines that were released until mid-2016. Analysts attributed the change of name partly to the imminent loss of the town of Dabiq to a Turkish-led military offensive, which occurred in October 2016.[3][4][5][6]

The name Rumiyah (Rome) is a reference to a hadith in which Muhammed said that Muslims would conquer both Constantinople and Rome in that order.[7][8]

Like Dabiq, each issue opens with a quote attributed to Abu Hamza al Muhajir: “O muwahhidin, rejoice, for by Allah, we will not rest from our jihad except beneath the olive trees of Rumiyah (Rome).”[4]

The first issue was released after the death of ISIL's spokesman, Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, who was featured heavily in the magazine.[1] In October 2016, Islamic State released the second edition of the magazine in which it justified attacks against non-Muslims, including detailed descriptions of how to carry out knife attacks on smaller groups of people.[citation needed]

In October 2016, Rumiyah advised followers to carry out stabbing attacks and argued that jihadists throughout Muslim history have "struck the necks of the kuffar" (unbelievers) in the name of Allah with "swords, severing limbs and piercing the fleshy meat of those who opposed Islam". The magazine advised its readers that knives are easy to obtain and to hide and that they make good, deadly weapons where Muslims might be regarded with suspicion.[8]

Issues

Issue Date (Hijri) Date (Gregorian) Pages Publication frequency
1
Dhul-Hijjah 1437 5 September 2016 38
2
Muharram 1438 4 October 2016 38 29
3
Shawwal 1438 11 November 2016 46 38
4
Rabi al-Awwal 1438 7 December 2016 40 26
5
Rabi al-Akhir 1438 6 January 2017 44 31
6
Jumada al-awwal 1438 4 February 2017 44 29
7
Jumada al-akhirah 1438 7 March 2017 38 31
8
Rajab 1438 4 April 2017 48 28
9
Sha'ban 1438 04 May 2017 58 43
10
Ramadan 1438 17 June 2017 46 31
11
Shawwal 1438 13 July 2017 60 26
12
Dhu al-Qidah 1438 6 August 2017 46 26
13
Dhul-Hijjah 1438 9 September 2017 44 34

See also

References

  1. ^ a b SITE. "In New Magazine 'Rumiyah,' IS Calls for Lone-Wolf Attacks in Australia, West". news.siteintelgroup.com. Retrieved 2016-09-10. 
  2. ^ Bethan McKernan (2016-09-06). "Isis' new magazine Rumiyah shows the terror group is 'struggling to adjust to losses'". The Independent. Retrieved 2016-09-23. 
  3. ^ Robin Wright (2016-12-02). "After the Islamic State". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2017-02-07. 
  4. ^ a b "Town of Dabiq falls to Turkish-backed forces". The long War Journal. 2016-10-17. Retrieved 2017-02-07. 
  5. ^ Kim Sengupta. "Isis indoctrinating children to plan attacks on Big Ben, Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty". The Independent. Retrieved 2017-02-07. 
  6. ^ "The Virtual Caliphate: ISIS'S Information Warfare" (PDF). Institute for the Study of War. Retrieved 2017-02-07. 
  7. ^ "An ISIS Plot to Blow Up Notre Dame Cathedral—and Rule the World?". Retrieved 2016-02-07. 
  8. ^ a b Wright, Robin (26 November 2016). "The Hand of ISIS at Ohio State". The New Yorker. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
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