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February 21, 2007 Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 328

Islamist Websites as an Integral Part of Jihad: A General Overview

February 21, 2007 | By Y. Yehoshua
Inquiry & Analysis Series No. 328

Alongside military jihad on various battlefields, Islamist organizations are engaged in another type of warfare: jihad on the media front. The media is viewed by Islamist organizations both as an important battlefield and as an effective tool, and they consequently make extensive use of it. The media platform favored by the Islamist organizations is the Internet, which they prefer for several reasons: firstly, for the anonymity it allows - anyone can enter and post to a site without divulging personal information; secondly, due to the medium's availability and low cost - all that is required is a PC and an Internet connection; and thirdly, due to the ability to distribute material to a great number of people over a wide geographic area in a matter of seconds. ...

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