An Analysis of the Taliban in Khurasan's Azan (Issues 1-5)

Studies in Conflict and Terrorism

Author/s (editor/s):

Haroro J. Ingram

Publication year:

2015

Publication type:

Journal article

Find this publication at:
Taylor & Francis

Published in Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 38(7) 2015: 560-79.

This article analyses issues 1–5 of the Taliban in Khurasan’s Azan magazine. It applies an interpretive framework for analysing radical narratives, based on a multidisciplinary conceptualisation of the radicalisation process, to explore how Azan attempts to appeal to its audiences by leveraging ingroup, Other, crisis and solution constructs via value-, crisis-, and dichotomy-reinforcing narratives. Two key findings emerge. First, Azan prioritises content that empowers its readership toward action with narratives that link ingroup and solution constructs. Second, Azan uses a variety of narrative approaches in order to appeal to a potentially diverse readership at different stages of radicalisation.

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