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The Center for Strategic Communication (CSC) is an initiative of the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University. It is composed of an interdisciplinary group of scholars at ASU and partner institutions who are interested in applying knowledge of human communication to issues of countering ideological support for terrorism (CIST), diplomacy and public diplomacy, propaganda and disinformation, and public health.

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Narrating the Exit from Afghanistan (2013)

Edited by Steven R. Corman

With the United States and NATO set to withdraw all or most forces from Afghanistan in 2014, a key question is: How do we want to be remembered for our efforts there? The current narrative of the Afghanistan war is a mess. Yet the narrative of the war, as history tells it, will affect future domestic support for counterinsurgency operations and our credibility with local populations where…

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Searching for a King: Muslim Non-Violence and the Future of Islam (2012)

by Jeffry R. Halverson

At a time when violent images of the Muslim world dominate our headlines, Western audiences are growing increasingly interested in a different picture of Islam, specifically the idea of Muslim  nonviolence, and what it could mean for the world. But is nonviolence compatible with the teachings of Islam? Is it practical to suggest that Muslim societies must adopt nonviolence to thrive in…

Narrative Landmines: Rumors Islamist Extremism and the Struggle for Strategic Influence

Narrative Landmines: Rumors, Islamist Extremism and the Struggle for Strategic Influence (2012)

by: Daniel Leonard Bernardi, Pauline Hope Cheong, Chris Lundry and Scott W. Ruston

Islamist extremism is the dominant security concern of many contemporary governments, spanning the industrialized West to the developing world. Narrative Landmines explores how rumors fit into and extend narrative systems and ideologies, particularly in the context of terrorism, counter-terrorism, and extremist insurgencies. Its concern is to foster a more sophisticated understanding of how…

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Master Narratives of Islamist Extremism (2011)

by: Jeffry R. Halverson, H.L. Goodall, Jr. and Steven R. Corman

Master narratives are key elements of culture and civic life. They provide individuals and communities with explanations about who they are, where they came from, what they believe and why they believe it, and offer expectations for behavior and goals for leading a good, proper, just, honorable, or righteous life. Islamist extremists engage the master narratives of Muslim culture for their own…

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Theology and Creed in Sunni Islam: The Muslim Brotherhood, Ash’arism and Political Sunnism (2010)

by: Jeffry R. Halverson

The history of Sunni theology is little known, but the impact of its demise has profoundly shaped modern Islam. This book explores the correlation between anti-theological thought and the rise of Islamism in the twentieth century by examining Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and the leadership of Umar al-Tilmisani (d. 1986). The sociopolitical implications of anti-theological creedalism and its…