Nadia Hai is a Ph.D. candidate at Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication. She researches the way al-Qaeda and the Islamic State present their respective causes to Western audiences through their online, English-language media, with a focus on their online magazines created and distributed by their respective media foundations. She completed her master’s degree in culture and society at the University of Calgary, where her thesis examined the rhetorical devices al-Qaeda employed in its English-language magazine Inspire. She recently worked with Karim Karim in 2015 on Project Communitas, in collaboration with the Canadian Council of Muslim Women and Carleton University’s Centre for the Study of Islam, a project aimed at developing methods for building community resilience to counter violent extremism, funded through Public Safety Canada’s Kanishka Initiative.


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