Coercive Radicalization: Charismatic Authority and the Internal Strategies of ISIS and the Lord's Resistance Army

  title={Coercive Radicalization: Charismatic Authority and the Internal Strategies of ISIS and the Lord's Resistance Army},
  author={Eleanor Beevor},
  journal={Studies in Conflict \& Terrorism},
  pages={496 - 521}
  • Eleanor Beevor
  • Published 3 June 2017
  • Psychology
  • Studies in Conflict & Terrorism
ABSTRACT A framework for understanding Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS)'s apocalyptic theology as an internal strategy to “coercively radicalize” its captive subjects is presented, by comparison to the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), which shares key stages of captive indoctrination with ISIS. A violent experience of “entry,” religious rules learned in an “assimilation” process, and millenarian “grand narratives” framing violence as purification, are examined. These stages construct an… Expand
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