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. Perhaps the most widely used group of martyrs is those who were involved with the 11 September 2001 attacks (referred to here as “The Magnificent 19”). Depictions of this group advertise the success of jihadi activism in general, and emphasize the religious rationalization of the attack for all potential audiences. The appearance of Usama bin Ladin serves to remind the viewer of the figures’ organizational affiliation and further lend them an aura of legitimacy.
Group Type Jihadist Group
Group Affiliation AQ Core / Central
Dominant Colors Red-Orange
Secondary Colors Black
Visual or Textual Reference to Significant Recent Events
Date EntryAnalysis Entry
Visual and textual reference to the events of September 11, 2001; Twin Towers site.
Isolated Phrases / Mottoes / Slogans The Magnificent 19
Image Number 0165
Groups Region of Operation Global
Body Parts Face / Bust
Air Clouds / Fog
Fire Flames, Burning Object, Smoke
FIre Analysis Twin Towers
Geopolitical Symbols Slogan
People Group Leader / Influential figure, Operational Leader, Operative / Warrior (=mujahid), Man / Men
People Analysis Usama b. Ladin. 19 AQ operatives involved in 9/11
Religious Textual References Quranic Text, Quranic Citations
Topography Man-made Structure / Landmark
Topography Analysis Twin towers and NYC skyline.