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As Terrorism Evolves
Media, Religion, and Governance

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  • Date Published: October 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108411691
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  • Some of the world's most lethal terrorist organizations have become media-centric enterprises, while also hijacking a major world religion, holding large swathes of physical territory, and governing their own virtual states. In this concise and penetrating book, Seib traces how terrorism has proliferated and increased significantly in menace in the relatively brief period between the rise of al-Qaeda and the creation of Islamic State. With close attention to the linkages between media, religion, and violence, the book offers incisive analysis of how organizations such as Islamic State, al-Qaeda, and Boko Haram operate and reflects on how terrorism may continue to evolve. Seib argues that twenty-first-century terrorism is enabled by new media and depends on social networks as connective tissue, while interacting simultaneously with religion and socio-economic and political grievances. As Terrorism Evolves prescribes new measures for counterterrorism efforts, underscores the importance of soft power, and makes a strong case for recognizing that we have entered an era of terrorism of undetermined duration.

    • Offers a sophisticated account of twenty-first-century terrorism that will be useful to students and knowledgeable non-specialists
    • Provides up-to-date analysis of the ways that terrorism is evolving, considering multiple terrorist organizations closely and reflecting on what the future may bring
    • Sheds new light on media used by terrorist organizations and the role of media-related efforts and soft power in counter-terrorism efforts, while also addressing the role of religion - particularly Islam - as a factor in terrorism and counter-terrorism
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    'As Terrorism Evolves: Media, Religion, and Governance is an ambitious overview of the definitions of terrorism, its chief causes and historical roots, key terrorist groups’ goals, methods, media practices, and outcomes, and the recent and future government response options available for handling such threats. Undergraduate or graduate instructors focusing on terrorism will find this book an accessible read that provides important context for the controversies that terrorism raises in twenty-first century.' Carol Winkler, Georgia State University

    'This is a concise and well-written book from a veteran scholar of journalism and strategic communication, covering the relation of terrorism to daily life, religion, organization, media, and the future. It is a must-read for teachers, students, or anyone else trying to come to grips with what Professor Seib correctly calls a 'new era of terrorism'.' Steven R. Corman, Director, Center for Strategic Communication, Arizona State University

    'USC journalism professor Philip Seib has done a great service for those who follow media-driven events connected with terrorism. … This book could be a must-read for some international media classes as well undergraduates and graduate students in schools of diplomacy and should be in the possession of all news organizations that cover modern-day terrorism.' Arab Media & Society

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    24th Nov 2020 by HareemK

    professor Philip Seib has done a great service for those who follow media-driven events connected with terrorism inspired by Middle East- and Africa-based terror groups.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108411691
    • length: 198 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.3kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. The nature of the beast
    2. In God's name
    3. Organizing terrorism
    4. Media weaponry
    5. What lies ahead?
    Selected bibliography

  • Author

    Philip Seib, University of Southern California
    Philip Seib is one of the world's leading authorities on the intersection of media and foreign policy. A frequent visitor to the Middle East, he has examined Arab politics in books such as The Al Jazeera Effect (2008) and Real-Time Diplomacy (2012). Seib is Professor of Journalism, Public Diplomacy, and International Relations at the University of Southern California, and was named International Communication Distinguished Scholar by the International Studies Association. He is author and editor of more than two dozen books and writes frequently for Huffington Post about terrorism and international politics. His interest in terrorism was piqued when he found himself just 40 miles from Mosul as that city was being seized by Islamic State in 2014.

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