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Autoren: Günther, Christoph
Titel: Iconic socioclasm : idol-breaking and the dawn of a new social order
Online-Publikationsdatum: 17-Mär-2021
Sprache des Dokuments: Englisch
Zusammenfassung/Abstract: The Islamic State articulates its claim for legitimate authority through texts, audio messages, and still and moving images. In addition, among the practices employed to classify “genuine” Islam and its boundaries, the destruction of cultural properties has received much international attention. The movement has framed these sites as manifestations of idolatry and, consequently, their obliteration as a legitimate means for socioreligious purification. In this article, I argue that the Islamic State’s attacks on these properties are embedded in a comprehensive strategy of spatial, material, ideational, and intellectual purification of the socioreligious landscape. By destroying these sites, the movement targets integral elements of social identities of local and transnational communities and their individual members in order to build a new social framework on their ruins. I suggest understanding these acts as strategic “socioclasm.” Visualizations are part of this strategy and help render the Islamic State an effective force because they support the production of images in the minds of both the movement’s followers and adversaries, hence attesting to the Islamic State’s rise, ideology, and actions.
DDC-Sachgruppe: 290 Andere Religionen
290 Other and comparative religions
300 Sozialwissenschaften
300 Social sciences
320 Politik
320 Political science
355 Militär
355 Military science
700 Künste
700 The arts
720 Architektur
720 Architecture
990 Geschichte der übrigen Welt
990 General history of other areas
Veröffentlichende Institution: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Organisationseinheit: FB 07 Geschichts- u. Kulturwissensch.
Veröffentlichungsort: Mainz
Version: Published version
Publikationstyp: Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Weitere Angaben zur Dokumentart: Scientific article
Nutzungsrechte: CC BY-NC-ND
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Zeitschrift: International journal of communication
Seitenzahl oder Artikelnummer: 1830
Verlag: The Annenberg Center for Communication
Verlagsort: Los Angeles, Calif.
Erscheinungsdatum: 2020
ISSN: 1932-8036
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