Fundamentalism and the Internet

Rüdiger Lohlker


This study is an analysis of the interrelation of fundamentalism and the Internet. Contrary to common assumptions that the Internet is a space of free communication and construction of individuality – and contrary to the assumption of total control – the internal structure of the Web is understood as creating a space structured by hierarchical structures fundamentalist internet use positively accepts. Two case studies look into the role of fundamentalist video practices on the Web exemplified by Salafist and Hindutva internet activities.


radicalization, jihad, social media


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