The Islamic State’s symbolic war: Da'esh's socially mediated terrorism as a threat to cultural heritage

  • Claire Smith, Heather Burke, Cherrie de Leiuen, Gary Jackson
  • Journal of Social Archaeology, December 2015, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.1177/1469605315617048

How Da'esh uses social media to enhance the impact of its threat to culture heritage

What is it about?

Analysis of how social media is used to enhance the global impact of cultural heritage destruction, with the Islamic State/Da'esh as the particular case study. Available at:

Why is it important?

Identifies the emerges of a new form of terrorism, socially mediated terrorism, in which social media is actively incorporated into terrorism strategies.


Claire Smith
Flinders University

I don't think other people have thought about the Islamic State/Da'esh's activities from this point of view. I think we have captured something that is emerging.

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