Rüdiger Lohlker (Ed.)
For the most part, Jihadism is analysed from a political science perspective with the aim of offering well-founded advice. The “Studying Jihadism” series aims, by contrast, to analyse Jihadist phenomena from the perspective of religious, cultural and media studies. This new paradigm in Jihadism research will enable the formulation of more adequate responses to the Jihadist challenge.
Religious studies analyses examine shifts in the Jihadist discourse by means of which Jihadist theorists endeavour to define their project as genuinely Islamic. Media studies analyses look at distribution strategies, in particular at the specific strategies adapted to suit the media structures of the internet, the use of online media for Jihadist purposes and here especially Jihadist video production. Cultural studies analyses scrutinise on a linguistic level the rhetorical means used by Jihadists and also focus on the content of Jihadist media production. The issues of masculinity and gender are also discussed in the “Studying Jihadism” series.