Fictive kinship as a means for promoting Islamist violence: Thematic structure in al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s propaganda magazine Inspire

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Following a series of Islamist terrorist attacks in the Western world, most recently the Île-de-France and the Copenhagen attacks in 2015, the link between Islam and violence has become a much debated subject. One position in this debate argues that Islamic scriptures in and of themselves serve as primary motivators for violence. Evolutionary psychology has questioned the claim that such a direct connection between scriptures and violence exists. Instead humans are wired with evolved moral foundations that are responsible for motivating social action. Islamist violence may be legitimized by moral systems codified in scripture, but it depends crucially on activating moral foundations specifically related to kin selection. In this study we used the al-Qaeda affiliate al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s propaganda magazine Inspire to investigate if kinship discourse is more closely related to discourse on violence than discourse on religion
Original languageEnglish
Publication year5 Sep 2015
StatePublished - 5 Sep 2015
EventCERC Second Plenary Meeting - McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Duration: 8 May 201510 May 2015


ConferenceCERC Second Plenary Meeting
LocationMcGill University

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