Dabiq is a magazine published by the Islamic State. It provides its readers with a window into the ideology of the organisation. Since the magazine is of a propagandist nature, I have used the concept of utopianism to understand the messaging of Dabiq. I have chosen to do this because the magazine frames IS as the perfect state. In this thesis I argue that Dabiq paints a utopian picture of IS and uses an eschatological narrative in order to activate the ‘dynamic duties’ of its audience. I also describe the way Dabiq frames the institutions of IS and what is asked of the ‘perfect’ Muslim in the utopian state as well as the roadmap that leads to the re-established caliphate.
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