Jonathan Pieslak


Academic Researcher and Composer

My 2015 book, Radicalism & Music (Wesleyan University Press), examines the music cultures of al-Qa'ida, the Racist Skinheads, Christian-Affiliated Radicalism, and Eco-Animal Rights Militancy.  Click here to read more, or go to the Wesleyan University Press page or Amazon.

New and Upcoming

  • In November, I will be giving two papers at the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society in Reston, VA.


  • The collected edition, Jihadi Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2017) edited by Thomas Hegghammer, includes my article, "A Musicological Perspective on Jihadi anashid".


  • The forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Protest Music (Oxford University Press), edited by Noriko Manabe and Eric Drott, includes my contribution, "The Concept of Protest in the anashid of the Islamic State".


  • Presently, I am part of a team project exploring the mobilizing influence of media in the jihadi-Salafist movement, particularly the Islamic State. This project is led by Dr. Anthony Lemieux and is funded by a Minerva Grant from the U.S. Department of Defense. See the Current Research page for more details.