Date of Completion


Document Type

Honors College Thesis


Global and Regional Studies

Thesis Type

Honors College

First Advisor

Peter VonDoepp


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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