“Made-to-measure Qur’anic quotations: the incomplete verses of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb”, Sergio Altuna Galán (Elcano, Spain)

Sergio Altuna Galán, Made-to-measure Qur’anic quotations: the incomplete verses of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, 20th June 2019

This quantitative analysis of a corpus of quotations used by al-Qaeda across a range of platforms identifies that while the group never strays from a literal representation of Qur’anic content, it nonetheless, in more than half of cases, quotes verses in a shortened form, or divorced from their original context. As such, it is suggested, this material could play a vital role in developing counter-narratives to Jihadism.

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