Romance, Religion, & Idealism: Why Western Women Join IS

Western women are joining the Islamic State (IS, aka ISIS) group in Syria and Iraq for a variety of reasons including religious idealism, a belief that Muslims are being systematically oppressed, and a desire for romance and friendship, according to a new report by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, a Britain-based think tank.

The report, titled Becoming Mulan? Female Western Migrants To ISIS, examines the social media postings of a number of European and North American women recruits to the IS group.

Six of the women whose social media postings are used in the report come from Britain, two come from the Netherlands, one from France, one from Canada, and one is believed to be from Austria.

  • Justin

    The decadent West offers nothing but hedonistic materialism and sexual perversion
    and that is why millions of Westerners are seeking to fill the vacuum of meaninglessness and emptiness with the islamic cult of death. The question is, is the Western society fully aware the deep, deep trouble they in? No they are NOT.

    • Unfortunately it only takes a minority of devoted fruitcakes to overrun a society unwilling to defend itself.

      Let me point out a study published by Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the July 22, 2011 online edition of the journal Physical Review E article titled “Social consensus through the influence of committed minorities” ( This study found “that when just 10 percent of the population holds an unshakable belief, their belief will always be adopted by the majority of the society.”

      My own belief is that when this study is applied to Islam the percentage necessary is reduced dramatically – maybe as low as 2-3%. Because Islam has an unseen army of devout believers willing to kill – if you don’t “believe”.

      In reality Islam is controlled by this small percentage (2-3%) of the population. Think of it. The entire population is controlled by a tiny unseen, religiously driven group of thugs.

  • ntt1

    I have a gut feeling that the men and women that join ISIS or islam in general are seeking to find some absolutes . Absolutes like church, career and family, no longer available in western culture due to their being torn to shreds by cultural marxism.

    • Justin

      And the worrying thing is that Cultural Marxism/Moral relativism is the new fundamentalist secular religion in the West and everyone is accepting it as such and no one is dare to challenge it. Two or three more generations and it is all over!

    • The_Infidel_01

      Well done ntt1, you hit the nail on the head!
      The left has been told for years that the only thing not good in society is Christianity, so they feel the need to find somewhere to fit in, have rules, guidelines and a certain level of morals. They then get told islam is perfect, so they join it.

  • Mickey Oberman

    How about extreme masochism?

  • bob e

    throw some personal ego brat hippest new thing to do ism in here & mebbe we can get close to the reason .. or it could just be
    spiritual longing for ali baba & the forty rapists ..

  • Barrington Minge

    Don’t quite see why a picture of 3 trash bags is relevent to this story….

  • minuteman

    I doubt they are western women, they are women from the west. They are for the most part women who are already muslims. Although a few are they are mostly not converts. This is why I have no sympathy for muslim women who are treated like garbage in their society, it’s the women enforcing the behaviour as much as the men. It is women who are enforcing FGM on their daughters. It is women who brainwash their sons into being suicide bombers. I have no sympathy for any of them. They are all equally crazy. If the women wanted their culture to change, it would change.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Who cares why? Do I care why Ted Bundy killed 35 women or Dahmer killed and ate dozens of gay men? Do I worry about whether it’s because mommy drank or daddy touched them? No. No one cares. Take them all out back and shoot them.

  • MRHapla

    Really? Stupid, Horny and Desperate is more likely.

  • Jay Currie

    I suspect the lady jihadis are pretty much in it for the outfits.