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A Most Brutal and Implacable Superego: Understanding the Pseudo-political Violence of the Islamic State

  • Barry RichardsEmail author
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Part of the Studies in the Psychosocial book series (STIP)

Abstract

This chapter examines an example of violent Islamist ideology, that propagated by Daesh. Text from Dabiq, the magazine published online by Daesh for two years, is analysed to identify the states of mind embedded in its ideology. The state of mind presented in the texts is seen to be one of terror in the face of a tyrannical superego. At some points the intensity of the demand for violence is such as to almost destroy any pretence of a moral agenda. Another text of violent takfiri Islamism, the monograph The Management of Savagery, illustrates an effort to re-moralise the project even at the extreme of cruelty and torture. The political benefits of this kind of psychological analysis of an extremist ideology are outlined.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bournemouth UniversityPooleUK

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