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Authors: Dick, Alexandra
Günther, Christoph
Pfeifer, Simone
Contributor: Hartmann, Eva
Evans, Jenny
Alkatreeb, Majd
Title: Sounding Out DAESH
Online publication date: 16-Mar-2022
Language: english
Abstract: Sound production has been crucial to the self-presentation strategy of the so-called Islamic State that we refer to in our video by its Arabic acronym DAESH. A cappella chants (anāshīd) often sonically enhance DAESH’s highly polished videos and have been widely disseminated on social media platforms. Anāshīd reach out to a wide audience in a variety of languages, but rarely gain the attention their popularity requires. DAESH’s videos and statements mark their singers as heroic figures, showing them with rifles, the black flag, and microphones. However, it remains difficult to see beyond this imposing staging to learn more about the composition and production of the crafted sounds and the individual men and, to some extent, women behind them. This academic video essay draws attention to the often-neglected dimension of sound among DAESH. It probes what is known about the singers and the production process of anāshīd and presents new perspectives on the potential of DAESH’s media campaign to touch through sound and poetry.
DDC: 200 Religion
200 Religion
290 Andere Religionen
290 Other and comparative religions
300 Sozialwissenschaften
300 Social sciences
400 Sprache
400 Language
490 Andere Sprachen
490 Other languages
770 Fotografie
770 Photography and photographs
780 Musik
780 Music
Institution: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Department: FB 07 Geschichts- u. Kulturwissensch.
Place: Mainz
Version: Original work
Publication type: Anderer Publikations- oder Dokumenttyp
License: CC BY-ND
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Extent: 8:15 min
Appears in collections:JGU-Forschungsdaten

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