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Dawa’ in the Shadow of Covid-19: Al-Qaeda Leadership and the Western Civilians

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The Covid-19 pandemic and the strong protests against the racism shown to the African American population which started in the US and have spread to western Europe have been identified by al-Qaeda as an opportunity to deepen the gap between the western civilian population and the political leadership and leverage Islam as a solution to the above social malady. If previously al-Qaeda viewed the western civilian population as a target for attacks then these days their attitude changed, and they express solidarity with fringe disenfranchised non-Muslim populations and attempt to draw them to Islam.

 This article is part of the RED-Alert project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon                                 2020 research and innovation Programme under grant agreement No 740688.

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