Date of Award

10-3-2015

Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

M.S.

Keywords

Islamic State (IS), Dabiq magazine, IS narrative elements

Department

Geography

Abstract

The Islamic State (IS) declared the establishment of a Caliphate on June 29, 2014 in Mosul, Iraq. Since that declaration, IS has communicated a four-part narrative to the global community through Dabiq magazine, its e-publication. Each of the ten editions of Dabiq has provided insight into IS’s aspirations and reinforced its message of rejecting post-colonial structures. Critical to realizing its objective is establishing a foothold for the Caliphate through jihad (holy war), establishing legitimacy through jamaah (governance), achieving tawhid (unity), and expanding through hijrah (immigration). Each publication contains these narrative elements to document IS’s progress. Classifying, visualizing, and mapping will provide the analytical insight necessary to quantify the prioritization of IS narrative elements and identify the organization’s motivation.

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