Occidentalism at War: Al-Qaida’s Resistance Rhetoric


  • Christopher Sims King’s College London



Parole chiave:

Occidentalism, Resistance, Jihad


Analysis of resistance groups active in the War on Terror provides case-studies for an examination of Occidentalism. Al-Qaida constructs a West both homogeneously and pejoratively in order to represent the self as a single Islamic nation under attack from a barbarian other. Concerned with propagating their narrative, al-Qaida considers the media battle to be at the forefront of their efforts. Yet global dissemination of their message is double-edged: positively, it can inspire disparate would-be jihadists; negatively, it opens up the discourse to examination in West. The discourse is studied, dissected and ultimately incorporated into the Western knowledge structure.  

Biografia autore

Christopher Sims, King’s College London

Christopher Sims is a doctoral candidate in the department of War Studies at King’s College London. He has been published in Foreign Affairs, Small Wars Journal and Standpoint.




Come citare

Sims, Christopher. 2012. «Occidentalism at War: Al-Qaida’s Resistance Rhetoric». Altre Modernità, n. 8 (novembre):206-20. https://doi.org/10.13130/2035-7680/2562.



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