by Matt Lacy –
A new taxpayer-funded study that was released this week claims that rather than wanting to force their religion on people, Muslim terrorists are simply understood and only kill people because they are victims of those who oppose Islam.
The 147 page study, titled “How Islamist Extremists quote the Qu’ran” states it analyzed the most frequently cited or quoted verses listed in the Center for Strategic Communication’s database of over 2,000 extremist texts from 1998 to 2011.
We conclude that verses extremists cite from the Qur’an do not suggest an offensive foe seeking domination and conquest of unbelievers, as is commonly assumed. Instead they deal with themes of victimization, dishonor, and retribution. …
Based on this analysis we recommend that the West abandon claims that Islamist extremists seek world domination, focus on counteracting or addressing claims of victimage, emphasize alternative means of deliverance, and work to undermine “champion” image sought by extremists.
The study, conducted by Arizona State University’s Center for Strategic Communication also appears to downplay Muslim extremists by substituting the word “God” for “Allah.”
The study mentions that Surah 9:5, often referred to as the Verse of the Sword is mentioned less often than other verses.
“Other findings in the report raise questions about the veracity of claims often made by analysts. The most surprising is the near absence of the well-known ‘Verse of the Sword’ (9:5) from the extremist texts.
The report cites Surah 9:14 quoting it as saying, “God Almighty said: ‘fight them and God will punish them by your hands, cover them with shame, help you (to victory) over them, heal the breasts of believers.”
However, the actual verse in the Qu’ran, printed by Ansariyan Publications in Iran states, “Fight them, Allah will punish them by your hands and bring them to disgrace, and assist you against them and heal the hearts of a believing people.”
The report says, “The verbs used in 9:14 indicate and assumption that Muslims have been wronged and wounded by the unbelievers. Thus, violent action is presented as retaliatory.”
“Extremists do not favor the ‘Verse of the Sword,’ which encourages all-out war against believers,” the report claims. “Instead they appear to invoke specific verses of the Qur’an that support a promise of deliverance.”
Deliverance stories are defined as a literary structure in which “the community, people or nation of the protagonist struggles in a precarious existence and must be delivered from those conditions.” It cites David and Goliath as an example of a deliverance story.
The report then goes on to make some interesting recommendations including abandoning claims that Islamists seek world domination and to focus on addressing claims of victimage.
Judicial Watch reports that the center received a $6.1 million grant from the Department of Defense for a neurophysiological study involving narrative comprehension and persuasion. The center’s biggest project, however, is a six-year, $4.5 million study on Islamist extremists’ use of narrative to influence contested populations in the Middle East, Southwest Asia, North Africa and Europe.