Rumiyah (Issue 1)
|Categories||Online magazine for propaganda|
|Founder||Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant|
|First issue||September 5, 2016|
|Country||Syria (under Islamic State)|
|Language||Arabic, English, German, French, Indonesian, Turkish, Uyghur|
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.
The magazine replaces Dabiq, Dar al-Islam, and other magazines which 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.
Similar to 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).”
The first issue was released after the death of ISIL’s spokesman, Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, who was featured heavily in the magazine. 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.
In October 2016, Rumiyah advised followers to carry out stabbing attacks arguing that holy warriors down through 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, easy to hide, and deadly, and that they make good weapons in places where Muslims might be regarded with suspicion.