Women have long been viewed as the “weaker sex”–more peace-loving and passive than men. However, clashes in Sri Lanka and Northern Ireland have shown that women are both willing and able to participate in violent conflict (Alison, 2004; Cheldelin & Eliatamby, 2011). We will specifically examine the recruitment to and roles of women in the Islamic State through an examination of the scholarship on female fighters, in order to contextualize the women of ISIS. We conclude with a suggestion that scholars and others interested in the experience of women in conflict move away from overly simplistic framings which suggest women have little to no agency.
German, Kathleen and Pennington, Rosemary
"SISTERS OF THE CALIPHATE: MEDIA AND THE WOMEN OF ISIS,"
Journal of Vincentian Social Action: Vol. 4:
2, Article 7.
Available at: https://scholar.stjohns.edu/jovsa/vol4/iss2/7
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