Jihadi Culture

The first is accounting for variation, which, in social science terms, amounts to treating jihadi culture as a dependent variable. Why do different jihadi groups have somewhat different cultures? Why do some groups have more elaborate ...

Author: Thomas Hegghammer

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108508629

Category: Political Science


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Al-Qaida and Islamic State continue to captivate the world with their extreme violence. While much attention has been given to the operations and doctrines of jihadi groups, this is the first book to explore their culture. Using a wealth of primary sources, the authors examine what goes on inside these organizations and what daily life is like for the foot-soldiers. They show that Islamist militants have a rich aesthetic culture and do much more than fight and train. Life in a jihadi group is in fact filled with poetry and music, and fighters spend time on surprising things like dream interpretation and weeping. Readers will discover an entirely new perspective on radical Islamists: that despite their reputation as macho men, they value humility, artistic sensitivity, and displays of emotion. Cultural practices are essential for understanding the jihadi worldview and may shed important new light on decision-making and recruitment processes in extremist groups. This original book will interest anyone in academia, government, or the general public who is intrigued by the appeal and resilience of the jihadi movement.

Jihadi Culture on the World Wide Web

In Chapter 5, I move from the core of online jihadi culture towards its frontiers by examining arguments between self-styled jihadis and their dedicated opponents in an 'Islamic' Web forum. Through a close reading of these arguments, ...

Author: Gilbert Ramsay

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781441124395

Category: Political Science

Page: 272

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This volume examines "jihadi" content on the Internet by drawing on both Arabic and English primary source materials. After examining this content as digital media, the work looks at how it is productively consumed by online communities, including how "jihadi" individuals construct themselves online and how jihadism is practiced and represented as an online activity. The work also discusses the consumption of such jihadi media by those who are hostile to radical Islam and the relation between fantasy, pleasure, ideology, and ordinary life. This unique survey features case studies, such as the cyberjihadi "Irhabi 007," pro-US and Israeli "patriots" who are often openly Islamophobic, and "Infovlad" --a forum that became the meeting place for radical Islamists and radical freelance "counter terrorists." This innovative approach to studying violent content on the Internet is a significant contribution to the literature that will appeal to anyone interested in political violence, terrorism, and political communication.

Jihadi Thought and Ideology

In some cases the users must be aware of current jihadi developments and trends to fully comprehend pictures that may appear odd to an uninitiated viewer. However, other videos are a clear and obvious part of the jihadi visual culture ...

Author: Rüdiger Lohlker,Tamara Abu-Hamdeh

Publisher: Logos Verlag Berlin GmbH

ISBN: 9783832537050

Category: Political Science

Page: 164

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The study of Jihadi ideology is still in an early stage. The contributions of this volume contribute to this field: Ideologues of Jihad, Maoists turned Jihadists, a theory of framing of Jihadi ideas, the analysis of Jihadi masculinities and of Jihadi role models presented in obline videos will further our understanding of Jihadi ideas and ideologies by exploring underresearched aspects of Jihadi ideology and theology. Dschihadistische Ideologien sind noch nicht ausreichend untersucht. Die Beiträge in diesem Band tragen zu einem vertieften Verständnis bei. Mit dschihadistischen Ideologen, zu Dschihadisten gewordene Maoisten, einem theoretischen Ansatz zur Analyse dschihadistischen Denkens, eine Untersuchung dschihadistischer Männlichkeitsvorstellungen und dschihadistische role models in Onlinevideos ermöglichen Einblicke in sonst wenig bekannte Phänomene.

Ideology and Utopia in the Twenty First Century

The definition of culture in Hegghammer's work accounts for the “products and practices that do something other than fill the basic military needs of jihadi groups.”19 Meeting needs that go beyond that of military organization relates ...

Author: Stephanie N. Arel

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781498577304

Category: Philosophy

Page: 264

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Paul’s Ricoeur’s Lectures on Ideology and Utopia are more pertinent than ever forty years later. The chapters in this book reflect the lectures’ original intricacy as the authors not only insightfully analyze them but also creatively apply them.

Jihadist Preachers of the End Times

Jihadi Culture, pp. 87–93. Nuaym, The Book of Tribulations, p. xxxiv. Aydin, Pavilion of the Sacred Relics, p. 101. McCants, The ISIS Apocalypse, pp. 21–2. Dabiq 5:3. Nuaym, The Book of Tribulations, p. 109 (no. 530). Ibid. p. 147 (no.

Author: Ostransky Bronislav Ostransky

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9781474439268


Page: 320

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Focusing on apocalyptic manifestations found in ISIS propaganda, this book situates the group's agenda in the broader framework of contemporary Muslim thought and explains key topics in millennial thinking within the spiritual context of modern Islamic apocalypticism.Based on the group's primary sources as well as medieval Muslim apocalyptic literature and its modern interpretations, the book analyses the ways ISIS presents its message concerning the Last Days as a meaningful, inventive and frightening expression of collectively shared expectations relating to the supposedly approaching the End Times.

Digital Extremisms

In his own accounts of jihadi culture, he finds little evidence of radically innovative practices among jihadi groups. The forms of “jihadi culture” which his volume contributors concern themselves with are almost all rooted in genuine ...

Author: Mark Littler

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030301385

Category: Social Science

Page: 268

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This book explores the use of the internet by (non-Islamic) extremist groups, drawing together research by scholars across the social sciences and humanities. It offers a broad overview of the best of research in this area, including research contributions that address far-right, (non-Islamic) religious, animal rights, and nationalist violence online, as well as a discussion of the policy and research challenges posed by these unique and disparate groups. It offers an academically rigorous, introductory text that addresses extremism online, making it a valuable resource for students, practitioners and academics seeking to understand the unique characteristics such risks present.

The Caravan

Another prominent element of jihadi culture was poetry. Poetry is also an age-old feature of mainstream Arab culture which in the 1980s was used by Islamists to glorify jihad. Afghan Arabs recited poetry in a variety of contexts.

Author: Thomas Hegghammer

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521765954

Category: History

Page: 728

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Abdallah Azzam, the Palestinian cleric who led the mobilization of Arab fighters to Afghanistan in the 1980s, played a crucial role in the internationalization of the jihadi movement. Killed in mysterious circumstances in 1989 in Peshawar, Pakistan, he remains one of the most influential jihadi ideologues of all time. Here, in the first in-depth biography of Azzam, Thomas Hegghammer explains how Azzam came to play this role and why jihadism went global at this particular time. It traces Azzam's extraordinary life journey from a West Bank village to the battlefields of Afghanistan, telling the story of a man who knew all the leading Islamists of his time and frequented presidents, CIA agents, and Cat Stevens the pop star. It is, however, also a story of displacement, exclusion, and repression that suggests that jihadism went global for fundamentally local reasons.

Jihadist Terror

24 T. Hegghammer, Jihadi Culture: The Art and Social Practices of Militant Islamists, Cambridge: Cambridge Univeristy Press, 2017; and Gilbert Ramsay, Jihadi Culture on the World Wide Web, New York and London: Bloomsbury, 2015.

Author: Anthony Richards

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781788315562

Category: Religion

Page: 336

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The past 18 months have seen a radical increase in incidents of jihadist terrorism within the United Kingdom – from the Manchester Arena attack, to the Houses of Parliament, to London Bridge. As a result, there are renewed calls for a high-level national conversation about the causes of, and the responses to, this particular terrorist problem. This book identifies policy and research gaps from an evidence-based perspective – it analyses what we know, what we don't know and what we need to know in relation to understanding and countering the jihadist terrorist threat. It provides readers with a synthesis of the knowledge and evidence that exists on each of the key topic areas, representing a distinctive and valuable resource for policymakers, academics and students. The contributors to the volume are leading international and national experts, from both the scholarly and policy-making communities, who are ideally placed to comment on the question of jihadist terrorism and the future of the threat in the UK.

Terrorist Recruitment Propaganda and Branding

See Ramsay, Jihadi Culture on the World Wide Web; Thomas Hegghammer, ed., Jihadi Culture: The Art and Social Practices of Militant Islamists (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017). 2. Bernard Cova and Stefano Pace, ...

Author: Anna Kruglova

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781000629255

Category: Political Science

Page: 192

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This book analyses the marketing techniques that terrorist organisations employ to encourage people to adopt their ideology and become devoted supporters. The book’s central thesis is that due to the development of digital technologies and social media, terrorist groups are employing innovative marketing techniques and advertising strategies to foster an emotional connection with their audiences, particularly those in younger demographics. By conducting thematic and narrative analyses of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) propagandist magazines, as well as looking at the group’s online communities, the book demonstrates that terrorist groups behave as commercial brands by establishing an emotional connection with their potential recruits. Specifically, groups and their potential supporters follow the logic of emotional choice. The book emphasizes that while ISIS became the first group that discovered and benefited from the power of marketing, it did not have a supernatural power and thus it is possible to find a response to it, which is particularly important now. The book eventually poses a question about whether terrorism has become the product of marketing in the same way as any mainstream consumer product is, and asks what can we do to battle the appeal of marketing-savvy terrorist groups. This book will be of interest to students of terrorism studies, radicalisation, and propaganda, communication , and security studies.

The Routledge Companion to Sound Studies

The cultural dimensions of terrorism can be a vitally important part of what motivates people to act violently towards one ... following the prompt of political theorist and jihadi culture expert Thomas Hegghammer who suggests that the ...

Author: Michael Bull

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317524250

Category: Social Science

Page: 406

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The Routledge Companion to Sound Studies is an extensive volume presenting a comparative and historically informed understanding of the workings of sound in culture, while also mapping potential future directions for research in the field. Experts from a variety of disciplines within sound studies cover such diverse topics as politics, gender, media, race, literature and sport. Individual sections that consider the importance of sound in an increasingly mediated world; the role that sound media play in the construction of experience; and the ways in which sound has been theorized to produce a distinctive sensory contribution to knowledge. This wide-ranging and vibrant collection provides a rich resource for scholars and students of media and culture.