Islamc State's political-economic propgagnda
in Neoliberalism and neo-jihadism
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The continued investigation of neo-jihadist propaganda in this chapter begins with an account of historical and contemporary ideologues that influenced Islamic State at its inception, in particular the pseudonymous author of The Management of Savagery, Abu Bakr Naji, and draws on the insights of Will McCants and Robert Mann. It then proceeds with a critical analysis of Islamic State speeches and audiovisual propaganda produced and disseminated by leading figures and entities affiliated within the organisation leading up to and after its announcement of a Caliphate in 2014. These figures include Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, and the production entities Al Hayat and Al Furqan. The analysis of media documents is informed by Bourdieu’s explanation of the dialectical relationship between ‘materiality’ and ‘idealism’ and foregrounds the ‘historical materialism’ focus of Islamic State propaganda relative to the ‘idealism’ focus of propaganda disseminated by Al Qaeda. The investigation also considers how this focus on the part of Islamic State reflects the organisation’s own geo-economic and strategic interests, including its need to retain and exploit territory in the Middle East in governing the Caliphate during its peak from 2014 to 2017.

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