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Women in Daesh: more than ‘jihadi brides’?

The gendered dynamic within Islamist organisations has been overlooked, making it hard to explain the unprecedented rise of western women joining Daesh (the so-called Islamic State) in Iraq and Syria. Women are integral to the longevity of such organisations and…

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Daesh and music

Apart from its military activities on the ground and hard attempts for state building, Daesh has another face: its various cultural activities. An important part of Daesh’s cultural power is propaganda as a form psychological warfare. Through diverse types of…

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I do not condemn ISIS

I’m a tour guide at a mosque. I give tours to non-Muslims. Part of my job is to fend off stereotypical ideas about Muslims. When I first started, I was really excited. It has been a topic I’ve always talked…

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Saying ’Not All Muslims’ is not enough

For as long as I can remember, every time ISIS, Al-Qaeda or any other Islamic terrorist group entered the conversation, I have felt the urge to immediately say “yeah, but those people don’t really represent Islam!”. This was a reflex….

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Are terrorists mentally ill?

Once again, a series of tragic massacres have rocked our world. First, it was 49 people, killed in a gay nightclub in Orlando. This mass murderer was Omar Mateen. The FBI says that Mateen was ‘undoubtedly radicalized.’ In Nice, a…

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What are they running from?

In February 2015, Shamima, 16, Kadiza, 17, and Amira, 16, went missing. They were caught on camera flying from Gatwick to Istanbul. By July 2015 at least two of the girls had been married to older men, chosen for them…

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How ISIS propaganda targets women

On June 16th, 2011, Shamima Begum and Amira Abase—aged fifteen—and Kadiza Sultana—aged sixteen—boarded a flight from London Heathrow to Turkey and from there, to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). One in ten of ISIS’s recruits from the…

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Women of ISIS: The Al-Khanssaa Brigade

The all-female Al-Khanssaa Brigade of ISIS  targets young women who feel oppressed as Sunni Muslims in the West, relying heavily on identity politics for recruitment. They also make anonymous fatwas calling for single women to join the fight from within…

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Why I hate “Islamic State”

For San Bernardino and Beirut, Ankara and Bataclan, Bardo and Baghdad For Russian children blown out of the sky over Sinai For Bennetta who fled the Ayatollahs in Iran but was killed by jihadis in SoCal For Jim and Steven,…

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