Study says girls seek sisterhood – not just marriage – in IS

LONDON (AP) — The notion that young women are traveling to Syria solely to become “jihadi brides” is simplistic and hinders efforts to prevent other girls from being radicalized, new research suggests.

Young women are joining the so-called Islamic State group for many reasons, including anger over the perceived persecution of Muslims and the wish to belong to a sisterhood with similar beliefs, according to a report released Thursday by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and the International Center for the Study of Radicalization at King’s College London.

Western societies must understand these varied motivations if they hope to prevent more women from joining the militants and potentially returning to their home nations to commit acts of terrorism, argue the report’s authors, Erin Saltman and Melanie Smith. Thinking of them as all being brainwashed, groomed, innocent girls hinders understanding of the threat they pose.

“They’re not being taken seriously,” Smith said. “It’s inherently dangerous to label people with the same brush.”

The researchers suggest that while the term jihadi bride may be catchy from a media point of view, the young women who are traveling to Syria see themselves as something more: pilgrims embarking on a mission to develop the region into an Islamic utopia…

  • A ‘utopia’ based on murder, rape, robbery, destruction is a dystopia. People who join the IS or other Islamic terrorist gangs are simply criminals. They cannot be whitewashed as idealists, as the leftists try to do.

    • PeterR

      Maybe anyone with a strong belief of any kind, whether serial killer, megalomaniac, etc., might be considered an “idealist” potentially deserving of admiration, according to these moral relativists? Che Guevara, Stalin, Pol Pot, Mohamed himself … all “idealists/dreamers” for these confused individuals in their surreal world of the abstract and subjective, where details such as truth, fairness and objectivity do not trouble them.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The true sisterhood can be found in the ranks of Kurdish women fighting for their homes and their nation. To be charitable, the social sciences are still evolving as an intellectual discipline.

    • andycanuck

      And they’re fighting like soldiers and not expected to kill themselves to kill others.

  • Alain

    OMG another waisted study, basically trying to figure out why believing Muslims do what they do.

  • Dana Garcia

    Right, burqas are all about sisterhood, not obliterating individuality. Burqs are kind of like team t-shirts in that way.

  • dukestreet

    It’s interesting, that there are Christians over there who are more oppressed but, they don’t become radicalized and go off to commit murder, etc, etc. There are some Kurdish women who are helping to fight for their homes but, they are not traveling elsewhere to practice Jihad. These Muslim girls and men are very easily radicalized because their religion has a particular propensity for violence.

    If they go over there, we must not allow therm to return to the West. The have chosen their dystopia , they will have to stay there. All the West must keep track of them and refuse them entry into any civilized nation.

  • Jay Currie

    And why do we want to prevent these fallen doves from travelling to an Islamist Paradise?

    I mean I can see why their parents might not be too keen; but society in general will be well rid of the delightful handmaidens of Allah.

    • Surele Surele

      would you call it a win win?

  • Kit Ingoldby

    ”Western societies must understand these varied motivations if they hope to prevent more women from joining the militants”

    Farewell, goodbye and don’t let the door hit you on the backside on your way out. I’d be happy for them to be all offered free air tickets.

    • tom_billesley

      We need a much bigger sample population to go to the khilafah for our sociologists, diversity studies academics and and left-leaning journalists to go and study.

  • Gary

    It won’t matter if these femofascists join in to toss gays from roof tops , GLAAD and NOW will still show a tacit suport by their overt silence to condemn islamic misogyny and Homophobia.

    Their shared-hatred with islamists for Christians and islrael / USA has formed a future suicide-pact by the useful-idiots that will be the first groups beheaded under sharia law by islamists.

  • andycanuck

    The Sisterhood of the Travelling Semtex

  • Xavier

    “…label people with the same brush”?

    For all intensive purposes these people are morons.

    • Gary

      They’re the new version of ” The Jihadi mooners” .
      BANG…….Zooooooom, to the moon god , one of these days , to the moon god

      • Lunatic is another derivative of moon – and Islam’s flag is a crescent, reminiscent of the moon-god Allah.