Date of Completion
Honors College Thesis
Global and Regional Studies
Type of Thesis
ISIS, Social Media, Recruitment, Globalization, Terrorism, Dabiq
The Islamic State (IS) is a reminder that religious terrorism in the Middle East remains a threat. However, this organization has been unique in its ability to emerge so aggressively, recruit large numbers of fighters from abroad, and establish a semi-functioning political state. In this thesis, I will explore this unprecedented phenomenon, focusing especially on the ways that trends of modernization, globalization, and sacralization have shaped the movement. As part of this work, I will specifically consider IS’ use of social media to recruit members and disseminate information and how this new technology has operated in tandem with the aforementioned trends to frame IS as a unique terrorist organization.
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Kernan, Erik R., "The Islamic State as a Unique Social Movement: Exploiting Social Media in an Era of Religious Revival" (2017). UVM Honors College Senior Theses. 154.