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Authors: Günther, Christoph
Title: From the darkness into the light : narratives of conversion in jihadi videos
Online publication date: 17-Mar-2021
Language: english
Abstract: In this chapter, I examine a specific format used by Jihadi-Salafi groups to offer an epistemic and ontological framework that helps people setting their individual biography in relation to this social collective. I trace the (re-)creation of two autobiographical narratives of religious conversion as they are presented in two videos authored by al-Muhajirūn and the Islamic State between 2016 and 2017. The epistemological interest of this chapter is to reconstruct the appropriation of key concepts from Islamic intellectual history and the teleological strategies employed in the audiovisual processing of these personal narrations. I will show the ways in which the videos’ authors use audiovisual means to construct and enhance the authenticity and plausibility of these individuals’ personal stories and their spiritual experiences.
DDC: 200 Religion
200 Religion
290 Andere Religionen
290 Other and comparative religions
300 Sozialwissenschaften
300 Social sciences
355 Militär
355 Military science
360 Soziale Probleme
360 Social services
770 Fotografie
770 Photography and photographs
791 Öffentliche Darbietungen
791 Public performances
960 Geschichte Afrikas
960 General history of Africa
990 Geschichte der übrigen Welt
990 General history of other areas
Institution: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Department: FB 07 Geschichts- u. Kulturwissensch.
Place: Mainz
Version: Published version
Publication type: Buchbeitrag
Document type specification: Scientific article
License: CC BY-NC-ND
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Citation: Jihadi audiovisuality and its entanglements : meanings, aesthetics, appropriations
Günther, Christoph
Pfeifer, Simone
Pages or article number: 148
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher place: Edinburgh
Issue date: 2020
ISBN: 978-1-4744-6751-3
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