Behind the Veil: Women in Jihad After the Caliphate

Author
Lydia Khalil
Content Type
Commentary and Analysis
Institution
Lowy Institute for International Policy
Abstract
Women will be important to the resurgence and transformation of the Islamic State from governance project to global terrorist insurgency. Islamic State has expanded both the potential and the scope of the roles and functions women can play, providing additional avenues for their participation in jihad in both kinetic and non-kinetic roles. The cohort of former caliphate members of mostly women and children now held in camps pose a key challenge for counterterrorism efforts around the world. Assumptions about women and violence can obstruct an accurate assessment of the threat female IS supporters pose and an accurate understanding of their agency.
Topic
Gender Issues, Violent Extremism, Counter-terrorism, Women, Radicalization, Islamic State, Jihad
Political Geography
Iraq, Middle East, Australia, Syria