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Title: "The Chosen" - An Examination of Extremist Muslim Narratives, Discourse and Ideologies in Cyberspace
Keywords: Extremist Muslim narratives, internet radicalization, radicalisation, critical thinking, terrorism, Muslim ideologies
Issue Date: 19-Dec-2011
Source: OMER ALI SAIFUDEEN (2011-12-19). "The Chosen" - An Examination of Extremist Muslim Narratives, Discourse and Ideologies in Cyberspace. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This thesis examines extremist Muslim narratives, discourse and ideologies over the internet by using content analysis to thematically delineate and reconstruct them for the purpose of discovering the argumentation mechanisms through which they become persuasive and appealing. The research problematic is that dominant theories in social sciences and popular literature create 'taken for granted' inferences that relegate extremist ideologies and narratives to the realm of structural contingencies, psychological pathologies, emotive appeal, manipulated religious ideologies, peculiar and unique rationalities or group dynamics. This thesis hypothesizes instead the existence of a `logical structure` in extremist Muslim narratives. This logical structure` is predicated on rationally persuasive arguments (which employ epistemic and instrumental rationality coupled with inductive / deductive reasoning) that appeal to any rational individual but are ultimately leveraged on for morally wrong end state choices. Unfortunately much of the counter narratives today seldom address this logical structure and choose to address the more traditional explanations cited above. Themes and argumentation mechanisms stemming from an examination of extremist Muslim narratives in this study demonstrate the presence and workings of this logical structure.
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