Saturday, May 28, 2011

Islamic State of Iraq Releases New Video in Series "Chanting of the Martyrs" & A Note on Jihadi-Takfiri Anasheed & Poetry

The Islamic State of Iraq's (ISI) Al-Furqan Media Foundation released the second installment of its series "Chanting of the Martyrs," following the inauguration of the series in 2007. The series is made up of compilations of previously-released footage, some of it quite old, of "martyrs" from the ISI and Al-Qa'ida in the Land of the Two Rivers/Iraq (AQI) reciting anasheed (singular: nasheed), themed songs or rhythmic poems centered on religious and, in the case of jihadi-takfiris, religio-political themes. Common themes include the blessings and benefits (barakat & fada'il) of military jihad and the rewards of the martyrs.

Anasheed are an integral part of the media produced by transnational jihadi groups. In visual media productions the anasheed supplement the images in constructing a narrative. However, even for those supporters of these groups who may not understand the lyrics, melody and other aural motifs act to reinforce a release's narrative.

A copy of the video may be downloaded via these NON-militant URLs. Links are provided for the purpose of academic study:

The password to unpack the file is: VvBg7KnhfLLh3wDESvhBh

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