Content Analysis of Jihadi Extremist Groups' Videos

  • Arab Salem
  • Edna Reid
  • Hsinchun Chen
Part of the Integrated Series In Information Systems book series (ISIS, volume 18)

This paper presents an exploratory study of jihadi extremist groups’ videos using content analysis and a multimedia coding tool to explore the types of video, groups’ modus operandi, and production features that lend support to extremist groups. The videos convey messages powerful enough to mobilize members, sympathizers, and even new recruits to launch attacks that are once again captured (on video) and disseminated globally via the Internet. They communicate the effectiveness of the campaigns and have a much wider impact because they are media rich with nonverbal cues and vivid images of events that can evoke not only a multitude of psychological and emotional responses but also violent reactions. The videos are important for jihadi extremist groups’ learning, training, and recruitment. In addition, the content collection and analysis of extremist groups’ videos can help policy makers, intelligence analysts, and researchers better understand the extremist groups’ terror campaigns and modus operandi, and help suggest counter-intelligence strategies and tactics for troop training.


Content Analysis Terrorist Group Extremist Group Content Category Resource Mobilization 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arab Salem
    • 1
  • Edna Reid
    • 2
  • Hsinchun Chen
    • 3
  1. 1.Private consultantAAA
  2. 2.Clarion UniversityClarionUSA
  3. 3.University of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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