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Pieter Nanninga


Pieter Nanninga is a historian and a religious studies scholar who currently occupies a position as Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. After completing his PhD on the representations of suicide attacks in al-Qaeda’s martyr videos in 2014, his research has primarily focused on the Islamic State. He is particularly interested in the relationship between culture, religion and violence, as well as in jihadist propaganda, on which he has frequently spoken on academic conferences, in public talks and in media interviews. Some recent publications include chapters on al-Qaeda and the Islamic State in the Cambridge Companion to Religion and Violence (2017), an article on the Islamic State’s martyr biographies in NUMEN (2018) and a book on Islam and suicide attacks in the Cambridge Elements series on religion and violence (forthcoming)