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Titel / Title Social media and the Islamic State: Can public relations succeed where conventional diplomacy failed? Ella Minty (Review).
Author / Autor

Stock, W. G.

Source / Quelle Journal of the Association of Information Science and Technology, 71 (in press).
Language / Sprache English / Englisch


Social Media and the Islamic State: Can Public Relations Succeed Where Conventional Diplomacy Failed? By Ella Minty. London, New York: Routledge, 2020. XV, 98 pp. £29.99 (paperback). (ISBN 9780367188160)

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), formerly also called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or ― in ISIL-critical Arabian countries ― داعش (Daesh), was not a state under international law, but a pseudo-religious terroristic organization located in Northern Syria and Northern Iraq; however, ISIL operated worldwide performing deadly attacks against “giaours.” ISIL was a theocracy based upon the idea of a sunni-islamic Wahhabi caliphate. Similar to one of its antecedents, al-Qaeda, and to other jihadist groups, ISIL made and makes use of digital media, especially of social media, for its public relations and for recruitment. Additionally, it digitally published the English-language magazines Dabiq and Rumiyah as part of their strategic communication.