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Title: Rethinking counterterrorism : a critical study of the geographies of Islamist terrorism in selected literary works
Author: Obaretin, Igbinedion
ISNI:       0000 0004 7228 695X
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2017
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This thesis explores the geographies of Islamist terrorism (particularly, in the post-9/11 era), using carefully selected literary works as a vehicle for social critique. This innovative approach to terrorism research helps to transcend the constraints faced by terrorism researchers (especially, academics) due to the unavailability of sensitive data or the so-called 'classified information'. It equally brings to terrorism research, and to this thesis (in particular), what may be described as 'border-crossing', resulting in a multiplicity of perspectives, and consequently, facilitates the rethinking of counterterrorism from the standpoint of inconsistent multiplicity. This thesis thus comprises eight chapters, which are thematised in a way that they investigate the multifaceted layers of contemporary terrorism with specific emphasis on the social processes that produce radicalism and terrorism and the various ways in which terrorism and military counterterrorism are shaped not only by values but by the politics of terrorism. The first two chapters consider the definition problem in terrorism, current and prominent studies in the field, and the place of literature in terrorism research while establishing the arguments for the methodology and theoretical frameworks used in the analysis of the primary texts. Chapter Three examines the role that values play in shaping the violence that typifies Islamist terrorism and military counterterrorism. While Chapter Four interrogates the notion that 'religious ideology' plays a significant role in Islamist radicalisation, Chapter Five discusses the morality of contemporary terrorism. Chapter Six argues that the state of exception, which has become integral in the war on terror, is a reflection of the interplay of biopolitics and Orientalism in the post 9/11 era. Chapter Seven examines 'gender terrorism' and the post-9/11 trauma. Finally, Chapter Eight, evaluates the politics of 'truth', which characterises jihadi terrorism and military counterterrorism.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Terrorism in literature ; Terrorism