Constructing Enemies: ‘Islamic Terrorism’ in Political and Academic Discourse

  title={Constructing Enemies: ‘Islamic Terrorism’ in Political and Academic Discourse},
  author={Richard Dean Wells Jackson},
  journal={Government and Opposition},
  pages={394 - 426}
  • R. Jackson
  • Published 1 June 2007
  • Sociology
  • Government and Opposition
Abstract The term ‘Islamic terrorism’ has become a ubiquitous feature of Western political and academic counter-terrorism discourse in recent years. Examining over 300 political and academic texts and employing a discourse analytic approach, this article attempts to describe and dissect the central terms, assumptions, labels, narratives and genealogical roots of the language and knowledge of ‘Islamic terrorism’ and to reflect on its practical and normative consequences. It concludes that for… 
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