|Categories||Online magazine for propaganda|
|Frequency||Variable; on average, one issue was published every 54 days|
|Publisher||Al Hayat Media Center|
|First issue||July 5, 2014|
|31 July 2016|
|Language||Arabic, English, German, French|
Dabiq (Arabic: دابق, romanized: Dābiq) was an online magazine used by the Islamic State (IS) for Islamic radicalisation and recruitment purposes. It was first published in July 2014 in a number of different languages (including English). Dabiq itself states the magazine is for the purposes of unitarianism, truth-seeking, migration, holy war and community (tawhid, manhaj, hijrah, jihad and jama'ah respectively).
Dabiq was published by IS via the deep web, although it was widely available online through other sources. The first issue carried the date "Ramadan 1435" in the Islamic Hijri calendar. According to the magazine, its name was taken from the town of Dabiq in northern Syria, which is mentioned in a hadith about Armageddon. IS believes Dabiq is where Muslim and infidel forces will eventually face each other, and that after the crusaders' forces are defeated, the apocalypse will begin. Every issue of Dabiq contained a quote attributed to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi: "The spark has been lit here in Iraq, and its heat will continue to intensify — by Allah's permission — until it burns the crusader armies in Dabiq".
Harleen K. Gambhir of the Institute for the Study of War considered that while al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's magazine Inspire focuses on encouraging its readers to carry out lone-wolf attacks on the West, Dabiq was more concerned with establishing the religious legitimacy of IS and its self-proclaimed caliphate, and encouraging Muslims to emigrate there. In its October 2014 issue, an article outlined religious justifications for slavery and praised its revival.
IS used its Dabiq magazine to express its strong opposition to groups including Christians, Jews, Hindus, Shia Muslims and the Muslim Brotherhood.
In September 2016, IS replaced Dabiq with another online magazine, Rumiyah (Arabic for Rome), published in English and other languages. Analysts speculated this was due to IS being driven out of the town of Dabiq by the Turkish Military and Syrian Rebels in October 2016. The new title refers to an Islamic prophecy about the fall of Rome.
|Issue||Cover title[n 1]||Date (Hijri)[n 2]||Date (Gregorian)||Publication frequency[n 3]|
|"The Return of Khilafah"||Ramadan 1435||5 July 2014|
|"The Flood"||Ramadan 1435||27 July 2014||22|
|"A Call to Hijrah"||Shawwal 1435||10 September 2014||45|
|"The Failed Crusade"||Dhul-Hijjah 1435||11 October 2014||31|
|"Remaining and Expanding"||Muharram 1436||21 November 2014||41|
|"Al Qa'idah of Waziristan: A Testimony from Within"||Rabi' Al-Awwal 1436||29 December 2014||38|
|"From Hypocrisy to Apostasy: The Extinction of the Grayzone"||Rabi'Al-Akhir 1436||12 February 2015||45|
|"Shari'ah Alone Will Rule Africa"||Jumada al-Akhirah 1436||30 March 2015||46|
|"They Plot and Allah Plots"||Sha'ban 1436||21 May 2015||52|
|"The Law of Allah or the Laws of Men"||Ramadan 1436||13 July 2015||53|
|"From the Battles of Al-Ahzāb to the War of Coalitions"||Dhul Qa'Dah 1436||9 September 2015||27|
|"Just Terror"||Safar 1437||18 November 2015||101|
|"The Rafidah from Ibn Saba' to the Dajjal"||Rabi'Al-Akhir 1437||19 January 2016||62|
|"The Murtadd Brotherhood"||Rajab 1437||13 April 2016||85|
|"Break the Cross"||Shawwal 1437||31 July 2016||109|