Propagating Terror: An Analysis of The Islamic State’s Dualistic Conception of The World

Poul Valdemar Prahl, Nanna Brogaard Preisler, Emma Sophie Rye Nielsen, Kevin Hayder Shakir, Semin Alekic, Amanda Posse & Sara Cerovina

Studenteropgave: Basisprojekt


This paper researches the importance of the dualistic conception of the world, for the terror group,
the Islamic State (ISIS). This is done through semiotic and critical discourse analysis of propaganda
content from videos, and articles from the organization’s magazines Dabiq and Rumiyah. Along
with this, the work of W.J.T. Mitchell on terrorism and fear in media is incorporated, and used to
show the consequences of the group’s acts. The paper shows how ISIS has produced and
reproduced fear, through spreading images of their terror acts, as well as associating Islam with
violence. The group justifies its acts, victimizing themselves and pointing at the United States and
West, confirming that the current global conflict is a Clash of Civilizations, as hypothesized by
Samuel P. Huntington. It is concluded that the group is dependent on an interplay between
sensational terror acts and propaganda, in order to be legitimized as a political actor and be
facilitated as a global political power.

UddannelserBasis - International Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato19 dec. 2016
Antal sider72
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