Gilbert Ramsay

Gilbert Ramsay


I work primarily on Jihadi-Salafism and secondarily on online Arabic culture. Sometimes these interests converge, and I’m particularly interested in understanding online Jihadi culture from the standpoint of digital culture. I’ve also moonlighted with other political violence related issues such as targeting and the definition of terrorism. My first book Jihadi Culture on the World Wide Webtries to look at online Jihadism as a cultural phenomenon created by ordinary online cultural consumers as opposed to something wholly strategic or instrumental, created top down by militant leaders and ideologues. I’ve recently finished the manuscript of a new book – co-authored with the brilliant Syrian PhD student Moutaz Alkheder – which looks at the use of humour in the ideological battles between jihadis, Islamists and their opponents in the contemporary Arab world. At present, I’m engaged in continuing some of the stands of this project by developing research into Jihadist storytelling.

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Jihadi Culture on the World Wide Web, New York: Bloomsbury, 2013


Edited Books

(With Alison Watson, Gillian Duncan and Orla Lynch), State Terrorism and Human Rights: International Responses Since the End of the Cold War, London: Routledge, 2013

(With Emma Leonard), Globalizing Somalia: Multilateral, International and Transnational Repercussions of Conflict, New York: Bloomsbury, 2013

Journal Articles

(With Sarah Marsden) ‘Radical Distinctions: A Comparative Study of Two Jihadist Speeches’, Critical Studies on Terrorism (forthcoming, December 2013)

(With Sarah Marsden) ‘“Forest Jihad”: Assessing the Evidence for “Popular Resistance Terrorism”’, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism (forthcoming, January 2013)

(With Donald Holbrook and Max Taylor), [“Terroristic” Content: Towards a Grading Scale](–4145-b3d3-c4702b98a9f9.html), Terrorism and Political Violence. (25: 2), 2013, 202–223

‘Online Arguments against Al-Qaeda: An Exploratory Analysis’, Perspectives on Terrorism (6:1), 2012

‘Relocating the Virtual War’, Defence Against Terrorism Review (2:1), 2009, 31–50

‘Conceptualising Online Terrorism’, Perspectives on Terrorism (2:7) 2008

Book Chapters

‘Cyber-Jihad: Ideology, Affordance and Latent Motivations’, in Max Taylor and P.M. Currie (eds). Terrorism and Affordance, London: Bloomsbury, 2012

‘When Are Terrorists Hackers: Technology, Affordance and Practice’, in Max Taylor and P.M. Currie (eds). Terrorism and Affordance, London: Bloomsbury, 2012

‘Terrorism, the Internet and the United Nations’ in Pauline Reich and Eduardo Gelbstein (eds) Law Policy and Technology: Cyberterrorism,Information Warfare, Digital and Internet Immobilisation IGI Global,2011

‘Radicalisation & Internet Propaganda by Dissident Republican groups in Northern Ireland since 2008’, with John Nalton and Max Taylor in Dissident Irish Republicanism, eds. Max Taylor and Mark Currie,Continuum 2011

‘Violent Radical Content and the Relationship between Ideology and Behaviour: Do Counter Narratives Matter?’ Countering Violent Extremist Narratives, National Coordinator for Counterterrorism, the Hague,Netherlands, 2010

Policy Reports

‘Report on non-legislative measures to combat the use of the Internet for terrorist purposes’, with J.Ryan (lead author) et. al. Special report for the European Commission, accepted by the Commission December, 2010

‘Report of the United Nations Counter Terrorism Implementation Task Force on Countering the Use of the Internet for Terrorist Purposes’, United Nations Counter Terrorism Implementation Task Force, 2009

Book Reviews

Nacos, Brigitte L. Bloch Elkon, Yaeli, and Shapiro, Robert &. (2011) Selling Fear: Counterterrorism, the Media and Public OpinionInternational Journal of Public Opinion Research, (24:1) 104–105, 2012

Weimann, Gabriel.Terror on the Internet, The New Arena, The New Challenges, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Vol 19,No. 3, 2007