The Social Sciences

Year: 2021
Volume: 16
Issue: 2
Page No. 21 - 32

Muslim Women in the Digital Magazines of Daesh and Al Qaeda: Gender Narrative and Educational Implications

Authors : M. Navarro-Granados, V. Llorent-Bedmar and V. Cobano-Delgado

Abstract: Insofar as terrorism is usually associated with men, the phenomenon of Muslim women joining groups like Daesh and Al Qaeda and that the fact they are usually recruited on the Internet have aroused much interest. Accordingly, a qualitative content analysis was performed on articles written for Muslim women appearing in the official magazines of both groups, with a view to examining the gender narrative employed by them as a decisive factor in fostering female radicalisation. Both groups clearly advocate for gender inequality, giving Muslim women the traditional and by no means passive, roles of mothers and wives. Daesh, above all, promotes very strict social gender stereotypes and rules, justifying them on the basis of its interpretation of the Islamic sacred texts. In the content published in the magazines of both groups there are three factors that may go a long way to engaging Muslim women: a feeling of sisterhood and belonging; their religious duty to construct an Islamic ‘state’ and a sense of empowerment that makes them feel that their role is essential to the survival of such groups.

How to cite this article:

M. Navarro-Granados, V. Llorent-Bedmar and V. Cobano-Delgado, 2021. Muslim Women in the Digital Magazines of Daesh and Al Qaeda: Gender Narrative and Educational Implications. The Social Sciences, 16: 21-32.

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