This book explores the online strategies and presence of Salafi-Jihadi actors in the Nordic as well as the international context.

Global Salafi-jihadism has been at the epicentre of international focus during the past decade. This book explores how the Swedish and other Nordic Salafi-jihadist sympathisers have used social digital media to radicalise, recruit, and propagate followers in relation to foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs) and online communities. The chapters in this volume unpack different perspectives of Salafi-jihadi communications strategies, as well as how the international Salafi-jihadi community has constantly reconfigured and adapted to changing security conditions. The case studies of the Nordics constitute a microcosm of wider Salafi-jihadi narratives in relation to the rise and fall of the Islamic State’s so-called ‘digital caliphate’.

This book will be of much interest to students of terrorism studies, counter-extremism and counter-terrorism, social media and security studies.

chapter 1|19 pages


ByMagnus Ranstorp, Linda Ahlerup, Filip Ahlin

chapter 2|25 pages

Swedish jihadists on social media 1

ByLinus Gustafsson

chapter 3|21 pages

Swedish “media jihad”

The active role of Swedish terrorists and supporters in Islamic State media
ByMichael Krona

chapter 4|26 pages

The attractions of Salafi-jihadism as a gendered counterculture

Propaganda narratives from the Swedish online “sisters in deen”
ByHenriette Frees Esholdt

chapter 5|21 pages

Puritan Salafis in a liberal democratic context

BySusanne Olsson, Simon Sorgenfrei, Jonas Svensson

chapter 6|19 pages

Militants and media in Denmark

Addicted to Facebook?
ByTore Hamming

chapter 7|25 pages

IS's global digital arenas

Strategy and platforms
ByGunnar Weimann, Beatrice Berton, Antonios Samouris

chapter 8|30 pages

The propaganda and narratives of the Islamic State

A gender perspective
ByAnita Perešin

chapter 9|20 pages

Making sense of the Islamic State's post-territorial (d)evolution

From “remaining and expanding” to “erosion and struggle”
ByCharlie Winter

chapter 10|8 pages


ByMagnus Ranstorp, Linda Ahlerup, Filip Ahlin