The Manipulation of Social, Cultural and Religious Values in Socially Mediated Terrorism

Claire Smith, Rosslyn von der Borch, Benjamin Isakhan, Sukendar Sukendar, Priyambudi Sulistiyanto, Ian Ravenscroft, Ida Widianingsih, Cherrie De Leiuen

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This paper presents an analysis of how the Islamic State/Da’esh and Hizb ut-Tahrir Indonesia manipulate conflicting social, cultural and religious values as part of their socially mediated terrorism. It focusses on three case studies: (1) the attacks in Paris, France on 13 November 2015; (2) the destruction of cultural heritage sites in Iraq and Syria; and (3) the struggle between nationalist values and extreme Islamic values in Indonesia. The case studies were chosen as a basis for identifying global commonalities as well as regional differences in socially mediated terrorism. They are located in Asia, the Middle East and Europe. The integrated analysis of these case studies identifies significant trends and suggests actions that could lessen the impact of strategies deployed by extremist groups such as Da’esh, al-Qaeda and Hizb ut-Tahrir. We discuss the broader implications for understanding various aspects of socially mediated terrorism.

Original languageEnglish
Article number168
Number of pages19
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2018


  • Conflict in Syria and Iraq
  • Cultural heritage
  • Da’esh
  • Hizb ut-Tahrir Indonesia
  • Paris attacks
  • Semiotics
  • Signalling theory
  • Social media
  • Socially mediated terrorism
  • The Islamic state


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