Center for Strategic Communication

by Steven R. Corman

The CSC has released a new white paper, entitled How Islamist Extremists Quote the Qur’an. The study is based on of over 1500 verse citations from over 2000 items of extremist propaganda collected as part of our extremist narrative project. The quotes are overwhelmingly about enduring hardships and maintaining faith and hope in the face of attacks by enemies of Islam.

The results are surprising considering conventional wisdom in many quarters in the West, which holds that Islamists are bent on world domination and imposition of their religion by force.  In fact, the study found that the so-called Verse of the Sword (9:5) that says “fight and slay the pagans wherever you find them” was used only three times in the texts studied.

The paper concludes with recommendations for counter-messaging.  Download the white paper here.