The figure in the image is identified in the caption as “al-batal khalid al-Islambuli” (“the hero Khalid al-Islambuli”), a member of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad who participated in the assassination operation of Egyptian president Anwar al-Sadat in 1981. The assassination was the organization’s response to the 1979 peace treaty concluded between Egypt and Israel, which was promoted and signed by Sadat. Here, the figure is shown dressed in white, evoking notions of death (in the state of purity), shrouds, grief and mourning. The faint light under the figure signals to the viewer that he successfully attained martyrdom. It is believed that Muslim martyrs will be highly rewarded in the afterlife for their sacrifice and that they hold a special position in heavenly paradise. It is therefore not surprising that martyrdom is a central theme in jihadi visual propaganda.

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Group Name Egyptian islamic Jihad (EIJ) aka Tanzim al-jihad al-Islami.
Group Type Jihadist Group
Dominant Colors Blue, White
Secondary Colors Red
Language Arabic
Visual or Textual Reference to Significant Recent Events
Date EntryAnalysis Entry
06/10/1981Reference to the assassination of Sadat on 6 October 1981
Isolated Phrases / Mottoes / Slogans Al-batal khalid al-Islambuli
Image Number 0154
Groups Region of Operation Middle East
Groups Country of Operation Egypt
Weapons Firearms, Automatic / Assault Rifle
Body Parts Face / Bust
Fire Light Rays / Light
Geopolitical Symbols Slogan
People Operative / Warrior (=mujahid), Man / Men
People Analysis Khalid al-Islambuli (EIJ)

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