The creation of Al Qaeda's online magazine Inspire has created a new security risk within the United States when it comes to potential terrorists. This project uses Ernest G. Bormann's fantasy theme analysis to determine the specific rhetorical strategies that Al Qaeda uses to attempt to recruit potential Muslim-American terrorists to join jihad. This study looks at 14 articles from the 6 editions of Inspire. This analysis suggests that Inspire uses three fantasy types to persuade its audience; A call to Islam, the West's suppression of Islam, and a call to jihad. Through these three fantasy types it is possible to understand how Al Qaeda may be attempting to persuade potential American terrorists.


Bostdorff, Denise


Communication Studies


Social Influence and Political Communication | Speech and Rhetorical Studies


terrorism, fantasy theme analysis, religious extremism, al qaeda, rhetoric

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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