ICSR – The International Centre For The Study Of Radicalisation And Political Violence

Sep 2011

As American As Apple Pie: How Anwar al-Awlaki Became the Face of Western Jihad

ICSR is pleased to announce the release of its newest report, As American As Apple Pie: How Anwar al-Awlaki Became the Face of Western Jihad, by Research Fellow Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens.  This study provides the first forensic analysis of Anwar al-Awlaki’s work, which tracks his ideological path from a supposedly moderate preacher to an al-Qaeda recruiter.

Contents

Foreword 2

Letter of Support from START 3

Glossary of Terms 4

Executive Summary 6

Chapter 1

Introduction 9

Chapter 2

Methodology and Key Concepts 13Social Movement Theory 13Framing and Frame Analysis 14Frame Alignment 16Boundary Activation 17Al Wala’ Wal Bara’ 17 The Fluidity of Salafi and Islamist Thought 20

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