Jihadi Culture on the World Wide Web (New Directions in Terrorism Studies)
By: Gilbert Ramsay (author)Paperback
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Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2014 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.
Gilbert Ramsay works at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews, UK. An Arabic speaker, he has previously written reports on terrorism and the Internet for the United Nations and the European Union.
Acknowledgements Chapter 1: Terror on the Internet? Chapter 2: Alternative Media, and its Alternatives Chapter 3: Jihadi Content on the Word Wide Web Chapter 4: Jihadi Forums in their Own Words Chapter 5: Disagreeable Disagreements Chapter 6: Being a Jihadi on the Internet Chapter 7: Some other 'Jihadi' Consumption Cultures: Crusaderism, War Porn, Shock Chapter 8: Jihadism between Fantasy and Virtuality: A Tentative Conclusion Glossary of Arabic Terms Bibliography Index
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