Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Social Sciences


Social Sciences

First Advisor

Grisham, Kevin E.

Second Advisor

Bennett, Anne

Third Advisor

Doueiri, Dany


This thesis introduces a theoretical model explaining non-state actors' use of cultural agents to mobilize target population. It is this thesis of this study that non-state actors utilize such cultural symbols to mobilize target population into a collective action movement. The methodology used in this thesis project is a case study approach. The case study focuses on Al Qaeda and its use of the cultural symbol of Palestine.