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The Islamic State’s Rebel Governance: A Combined Approach of Conceptual Classification and Qualitative Analysis of Administrative Documents

  • The Islamic State is arguably the most prominent Islamist insurgent group to have attracted increased international attention in recent years, although it first emerged in the late 20th century, and this is largely a result of its significant territorial conquests in Iraq and Syria and the proclamation of its own global caliphate in June 2014 (Tønnessen 2018: 60). While research on the Islamic State's ideology, propaganda, financing, military strategy, recruitment of foreign fighters, and use of the Internet and social media has been conducted extensively in a variety of disciplines, including political science, sociology, media science, criminology, Islamic studies, history, and many others, systematic and in-depth analysis of the Islamic State's rebel governance, though not entirely unexplored, has remained comparatively under-researched. This thesis builds on the above-mentioned issues and employs existing insights and concepts from Rebel Governance to systematically examine the transformation of the Islamic State’s territorial control into functional governance. In addition, through a comprehensive analysis of Islamic State administrative documents, which are continuously contextualized using secondary literature, this thesis develops a comprehensive portrait of the Islamic State's rebel governance. The following research questions are consequently derived from this approach: in what ways did the Islamic State engage in rebel governance during the height of its territorial control in Iraq and Syria between 2014 and 2017, and how can the utilization of concepts and insights from Rebel Governance, and the qualitative analysis of Islamic State administrative documents, improve our knowledge of the Islamic State's rebel governance and help to generate new insights into it?
Author:David TeinerGND
Referee:Prof. Dr. Manuel Fröhlich, Prof. Dr. Sebastian Heilmann
Advisor:Prof. Dr. Manuel Fröhlich
Document Type:Master's Thesis
Date of completion:2021/02/02
Publishing institution:Universität Trier
Granting institution:Universität Trier, Fachbereich 3
Date of final exam:2021/03/16
Release Date:2021/05/10
Tag:Administrative Documents; Islamic State; Rebel Governance
GND Keyword:Islamischer Staat; Verwaltungshandeln
Number of pages:100
Institutes:Fachbereich 3
Licence (German):License LogoCC BY-NC-ND: Creative-Commons-Lizenz 4.0 International

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