Jihadi iconography and cinematography: A reading list

So, here’s my reading list on jihadi imagery, to supplement my lists on poetry, dreams and music. I have not included general works on jihadi propaganda or internet use, nor have I included the large literature on visual representations of jihadis in mainstream media or cinema. I also haven’t included blogs (such as Views from the Occident) that contain primary sources on jihadi visual culture. As always, I welcome feedback on items I have missed. 

Anzalone, From “Martyrdom” Videos to Jihadi Journalism in Somalia:
The Rapid Evolution of Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen’s Multimedia

Mike Ball, Documenting
Acts of Cruelty

Beifuss, Branding Terror: The Logotypes and Iconography of Insurgent Groups and
Terrorist Organizations

Bolt, The Violent Image: Insurgent Propaganda and the New Revolutionaries

Lianne Kennedy
Boudali, Afshon Ostovar, and Jarret Brachman, Islamic Imagery Project: Visual
Motifs in Jihadi Internet Propaganda

Maura Conway
and Lisa McInerney, Jihadi Video and Auto-Radicalisation: Evidence from an Exploratory
YouTube Study

Cori Dauber, The Importance of Images to America’s Fight against Violent Jihadis 

Cori E.
Dauber, YouTube War: Fighting in a World of Cameras in Every Cell Phone and Photoshop
on Every Computer

Coi E.
Dauber, The Impact of Visual Images: Addendum

James Der
Derian, Imaging terror: logos, pathos and ethos

Asiem El Difraoui, Al Qaida par l’image ou la prophétie du

Andrew Exum,
The Spectacle of War: Insurgent Video Propaganda and Western Response,

Farwell, Jihadi Video in the “War of Ideas”

Ferrell, Chris Greer, and Yvonne Jewkes, Hip Hop Graffiti, Mexican Murals and the
War on Terror

Jonathan Fighel,
Radical Islamic Internet Propaganda: Concepts, Idioms and Visual Motifs

Finsnes, What is Audio-Visual Jihadi Propaganda? An Overview of the Content of
FFI’s Jihadi Video Database

Tim Foxley,
The Taliban’s Propaganda Activities

Rosaviola Frohneberg and Guido Steinberg, Videopropaganda
und Radikalisierung

Christiane Gruber
and Sune Haugbolle (eds), Visual Culture in the Modern Middle East: Rhetoric of
the Image

Gruen, Innovative Recruitment and Indoctrination Tactics by Extremists: Video Games,
Hip Hop, and the World Wide Web

Hafez, Martyrdom Mythology in Iraq: How Jihadists Frame Suicide Terrorism in
Videos and Biographies

Harrow, Video-Recorded Decapitations: A Seemingly Perfect Terrorist Tactic that
did not Spread

Hill, Hostage Videos in the War on Terror 

Hiltner, Insurgent Media 

Philip Holtmann,
The Symbols of Online Jihad

Walid El
Houri and Dima Saber, Filming Resistance: A Hezbollah Strategy 

Evolution of Jihadi Video

IntelCenter, Jihadi Master Video Guide (JMVG)

IntelCenter Rebel Logo ID Guide for Syria

Aarti Iyer,
Understanding the Power of the Picture: The Effect of Image Content on
Emotional and Political Responses to Terrorism

Rita Katz
and Josh Devon, Jihad on YouTube

Kimmage and Kathleen Ridolfo, The War of Images and Ideas: How Sunni Insurgents
in Iraq and their Supporters Worldwide are Using the Media

Meleagrou-Hitchens, Lights, Camera, Jihad: Al-Shabaab’s Western Media Strategy

Miriam Larsen, Hostage Videos: Tropes of Terror as Social Practice

Lentini and Muhammad Bakashmar, Jihadist Beheading: A Convergence of
Technology, Theology, and Teleology? 

Sue Malvem
and Gabriel Koureas, Terrorist Transgressions: Gender and the Visual Culture of
the Terrorist

al-Marashi, Sadrabiliyya: The Visual Narrative of Muqtada Al-Sadr’s Islamist
Politics and Insurgency in Iraq

Oualla, Strategies of Argumentations in the Propaganda of Jihad: The Analysis
of a Youtube Jihad Video

Nicholas J.
O’Shaughnessy and Paul R Baines, Selling Terror: The Symbolization and
Positioning of Jihad

Perlmutter, Mujahideen Blood Rituals: The Religious and Forensic Symbolism of
Al Qaeda Beheading

Perlmutter, Mujahideen Desecration: Beheadings, Mutilation & Muslim

Prucha, Is this the most successful release of a jihadist video ever? 

Régner, The YouTube-Born Terrorist

Reilly, Pornography of the Dead

Rieger, Lena Frischlich, and Gary Bente, Propaganda 2.0: Psychological Effects
of Right-Wing and Islamic Extremist Internet Videos

Roger, Image Warfare in the War on Terror 

Arab Salem,
Edna Reid, and Hsinchun Chen, Multimedia Content Coding and Analysis:
Unraveling the Content of Jihadi Extremist Groups’ Videos

Aymenn J. Al-Tamimi, 

Archive of Jabhat al-Nusra Billboards and Murals

Weisburd, Comparison of Visual Motifs in Jihadi and Cholo Videos on YouTube

Winkler and Cori E. Dauber, Visual Propaganda and Extremism in the Online

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