Articles >Author>Dawn Perlmutter

  • February 25, 2014|Dawn

    Jihadist Gang Graffiti

    Young Islamists and their sympathizers are tagging, stenciling, painting, vandalizing and using every genre of graffiti to spread the global jihadist message. Similar to other gangs they are using spray paint to mark their territory, demonstrate...

  • January 02, 2014|Dawn

    Benghazi - The Signs of Al Qaeda

    The latest version of the Benghazi cover up is being argued with semantics of whether the jihadist group that attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 was part of the "core" al Qaeda network. State Department deputy...

  • December 06, 2013|Dawn

    Jihadist Murder MO

    The murder trial of British soldier Lee Rigby, 25, the father of one, a member of the Corps of Drums with the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Fusilier and a veteran of the Afghan War, is underway in London. Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael

  • October 01, 2013|Dawn

    Jihadist Ritual Murder and Mutilation at the Mall

    During the four-day siege in Kenya's Westgate shopping Mall al-Shabaab jihadists raped, tortured, beheaded, dismembered, castrated, gouged out eyes, amputated fingers and hung hostages on hooks from the roof. According to a forensic medical doctor...

  • September 09, 2013|Dawn

    A New Muslim Brotherhood Symbol: R4BIA

    There is a new Islamist symbol appearing in protests, on social networking sites and at demonstrations throughout the Middle East. The symbol allegedly originated as a four-fingered hand sign by pro-Morsi protesters during demonstrations in Egypt...

  • September 01, 2013|Dawn PerlmutterMiddle East Quarterly

    Prelude to the Boston Bombings

    On September 11, 2011, three lifelong friends—Brendan Mess, age 25, Erik Weissman, 31, and Raphael Teken, 37—were brutally murdered in Mess's apartment in Waltham, Massachusetts. The graphic crime scene was discovered in the early afternoon of...

  • March 01, 2013|Dawn PerlmutterMiddle East Quarterly

    The Politics of Muslim Magic

    "Saudi Woman Beheaded for Witchcraft" read media headlines around the world on December 13, 2011. News reports described how a 60-year-old woman was executed after being convicted of practicing witchcraft on the basis of such evidence as books on

  • September 01, 2011|Dawn PerlmutterThe Journal of Generative Anthropology

    The Semiotics of Honor Killing & Ritual Murder

    Every ritual murder is a symbolic act. Murder in the form of terrorism, matricide, sororicide, filicide and particular acts of suicide are all obligatory rituals in the context of an Islamist code of conduct. This code, highly symbolic by nature,

  • November 01, 2006|Dawn PerlmutterThe Journal of Generative Anthropology

    Mujahideen Desecration: Beheadings, Mutilation & Muslim Iconoclasm

    Wartime atrocities are typically attributed to psychological warfare, military strategies or individual acts of brutality. Although infinite varieties of cruelty have transpired in every war throughout history, the intense media coverage of the...

  • November 01, 2005|Dawn PerlmutterThe Journal of Generative Anthropology

    Mujahideen Blood Rituals: The Religious and Forensic Symbolism of Al Qaeda Beheading

    Beheadings, suicide bombings, and ritual mutilation are not just strategies of war but time-honored warrior traditions that are theologically sanctioned. To relegate these acts to mere terrorist tactics is not only strategically unwise but...