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|Title:||Re-enchanting terrorism: Jihadists as "liminal beings"|
|Citation:||Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 2005; 28(6):533-545|
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis Inc.|
|Abstract:||Religious terrorists have been the subject of much scholarly scrutiny. While such analyses have endeavored to elucidate the ideological logic and implications of religious terrorism, the transnational character of jihadists necessitates new ways of understanding this phenomenon. My article attempts to explain how jihadists can be defined as liminal beings who seek to re-enchant the world via their symbolic and performative features. Jihadists' strategically position themselves as ambiguous not only as a distinguishing device, but also to enhance their belief of a cosmic war on earth. Jihadists' use of symbolic imagery on the internet works within the ambit of a magical kind of panoptic power which seeks to both impress and terrify viewers. Copyright © Taylor & Francis Inc.|
|Appears in Collections:||Anthropology & Development Studies publications|
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