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From jihad-making to state-building : understanding governance by Salafi-Jihadist insurgent groups (University of St Andrews, 2022-06-14) - ThesisFollowing the Arab Spring revolts that took place in 2011, an unprecedented number of Salafi-Jihadist insurgents conquered territories and established systems of rule thereupon. However, the scholarly literature has devoted ...
New voices, old pain : a qualitative investigation into victim support bias in the Northern Ireland conflict (2023-11-28) - ThesisThe concept of a ‘hierarchy of victimhood’ has become a significant phrase in Northern Irish politics, particularly in the aftermath of the Troubles and the subsequent ‘meta-conflict’ following the Good Friday Agreement. ...
The rhetoric of humour in Arabic comedy : countering violent extremism and politicisation of religion (2023-11-28) - ThesisThis thesis explores a relatively recent phenomenon in the Arab world: the use of humour as a counternarrative to the propaganda disseminated by violent extremist groups, particularly 'The Islamic State,' and as a response ...
The legitimation of the Arab Gulf states through British colonial racialisation of Arabs and South Asians (2023-11-28) - ThesisAbstract redacted
(2023-11-28) - ThesisThe purpose of this study is to understand why states use chemical weapons as a strategic choice. The prevailing understanding of chemical weapons has been that there is limited military utility to these weapons, which ...