Prevalent Sentiments of the Concept of Jihad in the Public Commentsphere

Gahl Silverman*, Udi Sommer

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Certain studies of social conflicts and geopolitical processes through online social networks entail qualitative analysis. One such issue is the tension between Western and Muslim societies. We introduce computer-assisted qualitative sentiment analysis for the inquiry and extraction of varied sentiments. The analysis explores the prevalent meanings of the term jihad through discussions of Muslims and non-Muslims in the online public sphere. After examining 4,630 Facebook comments and replies, our examination leads to a holistic mapping that details “peaceful,” “moderate,” and “radical” opinions regarding jihad, which is an integral institution of the Muslim world. Through this method, we suggest a “Muslim–non-Muslim tension indicator,” which can be used in a range of political analyses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)579-607
Number of pages29
JournalStudies in Conflict and Terrorism
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2022


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