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GOMES, Aureo de Toledo  e  MIKHAEL, Michelle Mitri. Terror or Terrorism? Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State in Comparative Perspective. Bras. Political Sci. Rev. [online]. 2018, vol.12, n.1, e0002.  Epub 26-Mar-2018. ISSN 1981-3821.

The article compares al-Qaeda and ISIS, which despite similar origins have developed distinct paths and goals. According to our analytical framework, this is because al-Qaeda appears to use terror as a tool to induce other audiences into particular behaviors, expecting to change the correlation of forces in its favor in the future, while ISIS is a more complex organization whose primary goal is to build a new political order in territories it occupies. The results highlight the problems of treating both organizations as terrorist groups and contribute to debates on conceptually defining terrorism.

Palavras-chave : Al-Qaeda; ISIS; terror; terrorism; Islam.

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