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Wednesday, Jun 29, 2022

CEP Book Discussion: "Watching Murder: ISIS, Death Videos and Radicalization" with Dr. Simon Cottee

On June 29, 2022, CEP Advisors Lucinda Creighton and Liam Duffy hosted a discussion with Dr. Simon Cottee, author of the new book Watching Murder: ISIS, Death Videos and Radicalization.

The webinar explored the dark world of jihadi murder videos and the people who watch and share them on the Internet. They also discussed how the videos affect our society and how best to combat them.

Dr. Cottee is a senior lecturer in Criminology at the University of Kent, U.K., a contributing writer for The Atlantic, and a contributing editor at Studies in Conflict & Terrorism. His research interests are in the areas of apostasy, deviance, political violence and terrorism, and war. Dr. Cottee is currently working in the area of the sociology of religion and has recently completed an ESRC-funded study of ex-Muslims in Britain and Canada. He is the author of several books including Black Flags of the Caribbean: How Trinidad Became an ISIS Hotspot (I. B. Tauris, 2021), ISIS and the Pornography of Violence (Anthem, 2019), and The Apostates: When Muslims Leave Islam (Hurst, 2015).


  • Simon Cottee, senior lecturer in Criminology at the University of Kent and a contributing writer for The Atlantic
  • Liam Duffy, CEP advisor

Introduction and concluding remarks from:

  • Lucinda Creighton, CEP senior advisor
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