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  • Main Title An Analysis of Established Terrorist Identity in Political and Military Wings of Turkish Hizbullah


  • Author: Cinoglu, Huseyin
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Chair: Williamson, David Allen
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Major Professor
  • Committee Member: Loper, D. Kall
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Minor Professor
  • Committee Member: Yancey, George A.
    Contributor Type: Personal
  • Committee Member: Dash, Nicole
    Contributor Type: Personal
  • Committee Member: Sahliyeh, Emile
    Contributor Type: Personal


  • Name: University of North Texas
    Place of Publication: Denton, Texas


  • Creation: 2008-08
  • Digitized: 2008-08-26


  • English


  • Content Description: The influence of the role identity expectations of Turkish Hizbullah's leadership on actual members' terrorist identities was documented in this dissertation. This study explored the leadership's identity expectations from members through content analyses of four books written by major figures of Hizbullah. Those books were selected following comments of the literature and expert suggestions. Eleven identity features stood out. These content analyses also revealed that leadership had different expectations from political wing members and military wing members. The following six identity features were listed as expected more from military wing members: belief in jihad and resistance, desire for martyrdom, embracing the hierarchical structure, depersonalization, hatred against enemies of God, and aloneness. Whilst cemaat (religious congregation), being religiously educated, patience (gradualism), dedication to a Muslim brotherhood, and being politically active were listed as expected identity attributes of political wing members. Qualitative analyses investigated these identity features using the available literature and 144 handwritten reports of actual Hizbullah members. To confirm the findings of content and qualitative analyses, quantitative analyses were conducted on the relatively representative sample (144 reports). The results of cross-tabulation and logistic regression demonstrated that two (out of 6) military wing and two (out of 5) political wing identity expectations were not manifested on actual members' Hizbullah identities.


  • Keyword: religiosity
  • Keyword: Terror
  • Keyword: motivated terrorist organizations
  • Keyword: Turkish Hizbullah
  • Keyword: terrorism
  • Keyword: jihad
  • Keyword: terrorist identity
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Hizbullah (Turkey)
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Terrorists -- Turkey.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Group identity -- Turkey.


  • Name: UNT Theses and Dissertations
    Code: UNTETD


  • Name: UNT Libraries
    Code: UNT


  • Rights Access: public
  • Rights License: copyright
  • Rights Holder: Cinoglu, Huseyin
  • Rights Statement: Copyright is held by the author, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.

Resource Type

  • Thesis or Dissertation


  • Text


  • OCLC: 320844014
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc9114


  • Degree Name: Doctor of Philosophy
  • Degree Level: Doctoral
  • Degree Discipline: Sociology
  • Academic Department: Department of Sociology
  • Degree Grantor: University of North Texas