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By prospect   June 2008

Jihad in the age of YouTube

Forget X-Factor or Pop Idol: the quickest route to instant celebrity is now the glitzy, straight-to-YouTube suicide bomber video, writes Jamie Bartlett.

The videos made by 7/7 bombers Mohammad Sidique Khan and Shehzad Tanweer were widely circulated and viewed. But while they took care to quote Koranic verses and authenticated hadiths to justify their acts, the “new wave” is emphatically less concerned with ideology. The copycat videos made by six of the eight young hopefuls currently on trial for planning to blow up passenger jets are inspired more by gangster movies than by religious…

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