*Second post in a series of posts based on my current research project on Islamist visual media , "The Art of the Martyr & Mujahid" (copyright). The first post may be viewed HERE; please see the explanatory, contextual discussion about Islamist visual media in the first post.*
The visual media selections in this post portray "mujahideen" [warriors of faith], the description used by transnational Sunni and Sunni-Salafi jihadi groups to describe their fighters. These images, many of which are high quality designs, often reference popular culture and themes and symbolism from Islamic history. I have included posters and murals of both jihadi leaders and rank-and-file fighters, as well as murals praising the "mujahideen" and castigating their enemies. Brief descriptions of each selection are included.
Mural for the Islamic State of Iraq, showing the shahadah to the right and coffins of U.S. soldiers to the left, ablaze in flames symbolizing Hell.
Commandeering the title of a popular HBO miniseries about U.S. soldiers in the Second World War, Band of Brothers, this mural depicts members of Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen, the Somali Salafi jihadi group that has sworn allegiance to al-Qa'ida "Central."