The discursive construction of a religious terrorist group identity

Rothenberger, Liane GND; Kotarac, Mihailo

Terrorist groups use their own websites in order to recruit novices, distribute propaganda and build a specific identity. In our paper we describe this form of strategic communication from a theoretical perspective and then expose the methodological design and results of a critical discourse analysis by which we examined texts from the websites of Hezbollah, Gama’a al-Islamiyya and the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. Findings show that the groups use different strategies of identity building. However, the strategies of construction and justification play a major role in each group.


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Rothenberger, L., Kotarac, M., 2016. The discursive construction of a religious terrorist group identity. Kultura = Culture 11, 2015, 91–102.
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