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Online jihadist magazines and the “religious terrorism” thesis / Stuart Macdonald; Nyasha Maravanyika; David Nezri; Elliot Parry; Kate Thomas

Critical Studies on Terrorism, Volume: 11, Issue: 3, Pages: 537 - 550

Swansea University Author: Macdonald, Stuart

  • Accepted Manuscript under embargo until: 8th November 2019

Abstract

This article presents findings from an empirical study of 39 issues of five online terrorist magazines in order to problematise the concept of religious terrorism. The presentation of the study’s findings focuses on the magazines’ textual content, examining the types of textual item each magazine co...

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Published in: Critical Studies on Terrorism
ISSN: 1753-9153 1753-9161
Published: 2018
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa39292
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Abstract: This article presents findings from an empirical study of 39 issues of five online terrorist magazines in order to problematise the concept of religious terrorism. The presentation of the study’s findings focuses on the magazines’ textual content, examining the types of textual item each magazine contains, how the producers of the magazines perceive the publications, the justifications the magazines offer for the groups’ activities, and the motivations that underlie these activities. This analysis shows that there are important differences between the messages each group expounds. These differences, the article argues, are obscured by the homogeneous label religious terrorism. Moreover, an examination of these groups’ messages shows that the purported distinction between religion and politics is unsustainable and has detrimental political-normative repercussions.
Keywords: terrorism, religion, politics, propaganda, narratives
College: Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law
Issue: 3
Start Page: 537
End Page: 550