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Islamic extremism and the war for hearts and minds
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies.
2016 (English)In: Global Affairs, ISSN 2334-0460, E-ISSN 2334-0479Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article seeks to explore the extremist publications Inspire (Al Qaeda) and Dabiq(Islamic State) English-language editions, to deconstruct the information in order to see how they attempt to appeal to publics in the Western world. Four issues of each are examined and reveal a number of similarities in approach. The emphasis of the communication is via a negative political campaign against the West and its allies, rather than a comprehensive positive campaign on what the organisations offer in place of the existing system (with the exception of a “pure” Islamic state). Although from an outsider’s perspective, these maybe both brands of extreme terrorist organisations, in addition to some similarities in norm and value based appeals (for example, on senses injustice and pure Islam) there are some discernible differences seen in the nature of their external communication. Inspire “permits” a certain independence of effort, ISIS tries to carefully protects its brand and not encourage any independence of effort.

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ideology, influence, propaganda, terrorism, war of ideas
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-280723OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-280723DiVA: diva2:911826
Available from: 2016-03-14 Created: 2016-03-14 Last updated: 2016-03-14

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