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date: 21 April 2024

Global Jihad and International Media Uselocked

Global Jihad and International Media Uselocked

  • el-Sayed el-Aswad, el-Sayed el-AswadIndependent Scholar
  • M. Joseph Sirgy, M. Joseph SirgyPamplin College of Business, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Richard J. EstesRichard J. EstesProfessor Emeritis of Social Work and Social Policy, University of Pennsylvania
  •  and Don R. RahtzDon R. RahtzRaymond A. Mason School of Business, College of William & Mary


Globalization and international media are potent contributors to the rise of the Islamist global jihad. Widespread digital communication technologies that connect people all over the world are a substantial component of globalization. Over the past three decades, “virtual jihad” has emerged as a potent disseminator of radical religious-political ideologies, instilling fear and fostering instability worldwide. Western and global media, while often misrepresenting Islam and Muslims, have played a significant role in disseminating jihadist ideologies. The involvement of global jihadists (mujāhidīn) across myriad media outlets and platforms has allowed them to promote their agenda around the world. Using the Internet and media outlets, global jihadists are able to attract and recruit people to their ranks in an accelerated manner. Jihadists have engaged in media activities that have empowered and expanded the global jihad movement, even in the face of increased mitigation efforts.


  • Communication and Technology
  • International/Global Communication
  • Language and Social Interaction
  • Mass Communication
  • Media and Communication Policy

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