Radical distinctions:a comparative study of two jihadist speeches

Ramsay, Gilbert and Marsden, Sarah (2013) Radical distinctions:a comparative study of two jihadist speeches. Critical Studies on Terrorism, 6 (3). pp. 392-409. ISSN 1753-9153

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Work on contemporary instances of “violent extremist” texts tends to see these primarily as more or less instrumental extensions of political (or political-religious) movements. As a result, there are few studies that devote close attention to individual examples of the texts themselves. In this article, we offer a detailed analysis of two jihadist speeches by the prominent ideologues Adam Gadahn and the late Anwar al-Awlaki. We argue that Al-Awlaki’s work ultimately succeeds where Gadahn’s seemingly fails because it is underpinned by a form of fundamentalism which, paradoxically, is inherently premised on the survival of possibilities for dialogue and polyglossia.

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