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Brides vs fighters in the media lens: Orientalism, Islamophobia and gender in media discourse on international recruits to ISIS

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This article examines how the media represents women and men who have left their home countries to join ISIS. It will look at the dual phenomenon of ‘Jihadi Brides’ and ‘Foreign Fighters’, both terms coined by the media, and seek to uncover gender discrimination inherent therein. Beyond gender stereotypes, it will also examine Islamophobic and Orientalist tropes that add an additional layer of othering to Muslim women. The theoretical framework used in this study will be Framing Theory, frameworks which look at women in violent organizations, Systemic Functional Linguistics and Critical Discourse Analysis. The thesis will use Corpus Linguistics, as a methodology to achieve its results, using the publicly available News on the Web (NOW) corpus as a database.
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Keywords: Critical Discourse Analysis; ISIS; Islamophobia; Jihadi Brides; gender; media

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Independent Scholar

Publication date: April 1, 2019

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