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ISIS PropagandaA Full-Spectrum Extremist Message$
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Stephane J. Baele, Katharine A. Boyd, and Travis G. Coan

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190932459

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190932459.001.0001

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Shock and Inspire

Shock and Inspire

Islamic State’s Propaganda Videos

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ISIS Propaganda

Stephane J. Baele

Katharine A. Boyd

Travis G. Coan

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a systematic overview of Islamic State (IS) video production, highlighting its key features, organization, and role in the group’s full-spectrum propaganda effort. To do so, the chapter combines a quantitative, descriptive analysis of overall video production (in terms of production volume and quality), with a qualitative analysis of the major “scripts”—that is, frequent standardized combinations of spoken and visual components constructing micro-narratives that partake of IS’s broader propaganda message. Mainstream media has contributed to establish IS’s videos as “instant icons” that shape the dominant visual representation of IS and Islamism more generally among Western populations.

Keywords:   Islamic State propaganda, Islamic State videos, propaganda film, gruesome image, script, diwan al-Ilam, Wilāyāt, Media Center

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