An Analysis of Inspire and Dabiq: Lessons from AQAP and Islamic State's Propaganda War

Haroro J. Ingram*

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    Abstract

    This study analyzes how Inspire and Dabiq seek to appeal to and radicalize English-speaking Muslims. It examines how each magazine strategically designs ingroup, Other, crisis, and solution constructs and interplays these via value-, dichotomy-, and crisis-reinforcing narratives. This analysis also explores how narrative, imagery, and counternarrative messaging are used to shape readers' perceptions and polarize their support. While both magazines are dominated by narratives designed to empower readers toward action, Inspire relies heavily on identity-choice appeals while Dabiq tends to balance identity- and rational-choice messaging. This study concludes by identifying key lessons for counterterrorism strategic communications campaign and message design.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)357-375
    Number of pages19
    JournalStudies in Conflict and Terrorism
    Volume40
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2017

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