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ISIS Propaganda: A Full-Spectrum Extremist Message

Stephane J. Baele, Katharine A. Boyd, and Travis G. Coan


ISIS Propaganda offers a comprehensive overview and analysis of the Islamic State’s (IS) propaganda. Combining a range of different theoretical perspectives from across the social sciences and using rigorous methods, the authors pursue several interconnected tasks. They trace the origins of IS’s message, they lay bare the strategic logic guiding its evolution, they examine each of its many components (magazines, videos, music, social media, etc.) and show how they work together to radicalize audiences’ worldviews, and they highlight the challenges such a “full-spectrum propaganda” raises in te ... More

Keywords: Islamic State propaganda, Islamic State, Salafi-jihadism, radicalization, social identity, political communication, propaganda, visual political communication, political violence, Syrian war

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190932459
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190932459.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephane J. Baele, editor
Senior Lecturer in International Studies, University of Exeter

Katharine A. Boyd, editor
Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Exeter

Travis G. Coan, editor
Lecturer in Politics, University of Exeter

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