|Author (Person)||Ranko, Annette|
|Series Title||Mediterranean Politics|
|Series Details||Vol.23, No.2, June 2018, p286-308|
|Publication Date||June 2018|
|Content Type||Journal | Series | Blog|
Employing social network analysis, this article investigates the transnational communication network and discourse of political-Salafists on social media. It examines whether political-Salafists across the MENA region have a common sociopolitical and geopolitical agenda, and whether – given the recent shift of some political-Salafists towards violence – their discourse and communication network can still be distinguished from that of the jihadists.
The analysis finds that political-Salafists do not share a common agenda but that their discourse and communication network display three transnational gravity centres: a revisionist, a status quo-oriented and an ostracized pro-Sisi gravity centre. Only the revisionist gravity centre advocates violence. Its discourse, however, remains clearly set apart from that of the jihadists.
|Countries / Regions||Eastern Europe, Northern Africa|