The Discursive Construction of a Religious Terrorist Group Identity

  • Liane Rothenberger Technische Universität Ilmenau
  • Mihailo Kotarac Technische Universität Ilmenau


Terrorist groups use their own websites in order to recruit novices, distribute propaganda and build a specific identity. In our paper we describe this form of strategic communication from a theoretical perspective and then expose the methodological design and results of a critical discourse analysis by which we examined texts from the websites of Hezbollah, Gama’a al-Islamiyya and the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. Findings show that the groups use different strategies of identity building. However, the strategies of construction and justification play a major role in each group.


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How to Cite
ROTHENBERGER, Liane; KOTARAC, Mihailo. The Discursive Construction of a Religious Terrorist Group Identity. Култура/Culture, [S.l.], v. 5, n. 11, p. 91-102, sep. 2014. ISSN 1857-7725. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 03 dec. 2023.
English Articles


Terrorism, Identity, Religion, Critical Discourse Analysis, Strategic Communication