1st Edition

Communication in Global Jihad

ISBN 9780367617066
Published November 26, 2020 by Routledge
254 Pages

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Book Description

This book conceptually examines the role of communication in global jihad from multiple perspectives. The main premise is that communication is so vital to the global jihadist movement today that jihadists will use any communicative tool, tactic, or approach to impact or transform people and the public at large. The author explores how and why the benefits of communication are a huge boon to jihadist operations, with jihadists communicating their ideological programs to develop a strong base for undertaking terrorist violence. The use of various information and communication systems and platforms by jihadists exemplifies the most recent progress in the relationship between terrorism, media, and the new information environment.

For jihadist organizations like ISIS and Al-Qaeda, recruiting new volunteers for the Caliphate who are willing to sacrifice their lives for the cause is a top priority. Based on various conceptual analyses, case studies, and theoretical applications, this book explores the communicative tools, tactics, and approaches used for this recruitment, including narratives, propaganda, mainstream media, social media, new information and communication technologies, the jihadisphere, visual imagery, media framing, globalization, financing networks, crime–jihad nexuses, group communication, radicalization, social movements, fatwas, martyrdom videos, pop-jihad, and jihadist nasheeds.

This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of communication studies, political science, terrorism and international security, Islamic studies, and cultural studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Defining Terrorism

3. Defining Jihad

4. The Globalization of Jihad

5. Global Jihadist Networks

6. The Mass Media

7. The Narrative

8. The Fatwa

9. Islamic Revival

10. The Jihadisphere

11. Jihad through Popular Culture

12. Conclusions and Solutions

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Jonathan Matusitz is Associate Professor in the Nicholson School of Communication and Media at the University of Central Florida, USA. His research focuses on the role of communication in terrorism, symbolism in terrorism, and the globalization of culture and new media. Previous titles include Global Jihad in Muslim and Non-Muslim Contexts (2020), Online Jihadist Magazines to Promote the Caliphate: Communicative Perspectives (2019), Symbolism in Terrorism: Motivation, Communication, and Behavior (2015), and Terrorism & Communication: A Critical Introduction (2013).