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Islamic State Nasheeds As Messaging Tools


Journal abstract
Studies in Conflict and Terrorism

Although jihadi nasheeds play an important role in the Islamic State’s propaganda, there is scant literature on the topic. This article is an exploratory study on seventeen Islamic State nasheeds released between December 2013 and March 2015. The main argument is that Islamic State nasheeds are effective messaging tools because they focus on a limited number of themes that have broad appeal among Muslims. The nasheeds differ from other Islamic State propaganda in their almost exclusive focus on war and fighting, rather than on the softer sides of life in the Islamic State.

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