Jihad Cool

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Jihad Cool is term used by American security experts[1] concerning the re-branding of militant jihadism into something fashionable, or "cool", to younger people through social media, magazines,[2] rap videos,[3] clothing,[4] toys, propaganda videos,[5] and other means.[6] It is a sub-culture mainly applied to individuals in developed nations who are recruited to travel to conflict zones on Jihad. For example, Jihadi rap videos make participants look "more MTV than Mosque", according to NPR, which was the first to report on the phenomenon in 2010.[1][7]

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  1. ^ a b Laura Italiano (June 20, 2014). "American Muslims flocking to jihadist group". New York Post. Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ Steve Emerson (April 15, 2013). "Jihad is Cool: Jihadist Magazines Recruit Young Terrorists". Family Security Matters. Archived from the original on March 11, 2015. Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ J. Dana Stuster (April 29, 2013). "9 Disturbingly Good Jihadi Raps". Foreign Policy. Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ Robert Spencer (August 7, 2014). "India: Imam arrested for distributing Islamic State t-shirts". Jihad Watch. Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  5. ^ Jytte Klausen (2012). "The YouTube Jihadists: A Social Network Analysis of Al-Muhajiroun’s Propaganda Campaign". Perspectives on Terrorism. 6 (1). Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  6. ^ Cheryl K. Chumley (June 27, 2014). "Terrorists go ‘Jihad Cool,’ use rap to entice young Americans". Washington Times. Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  7. ^ Dina Temple-Raston (March 6, 2010). "Jihadi Cool: Terrorist Recruiters' Latest Weapon". National Public Radio. Retrieved August 22, 2014.