Al-Qaida, Boko Haram, and ISIS: Tracking the Shift in Women’s Involvement

Beavers, Anna Therese (2019) Al-Qaida, Boko Haram, and ISIS: Tracking the Shift in Women’s Involvement. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Ashleen Williams from Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, University of Mississippi.

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This paper discusses the shift in women’s roles in Islamic extremist groups over the last two decades. Focusing on three violent Sunni groups, al-Qaida, Boko Haram, and ISIS, the research aims to fill gaps in United States and global counterterrorism and reintegration efforts by providing a comprehensive, accurate, and timely assessment of the recent change in women’s roles in terrorist organizations, shifting from foundational to limited operational to fully operational. The shift occurred and continues to unfold as several moving parts have fallen into place to create this situation. Women’s desire to participate at a more operational level, the need on behalf of the organization(s) to employ female combatants, and the willingness of Muslim religious scholars and leaders to permit female involvement in jihadist operations. While many disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) programs consider gender, there is need for a more nuanced gender-based approach which utilizes the knowledge of why this shift is occurring and how it affects women’s place within these groups and their societies.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Beavers, Anna Therese
Student's Degree Program(s): B.S. Criminal Justice
Thesis Advisor: Ashleen Williams
Thesis Advisor's Department: Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College
Institution: University of Mississippi
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Depositing User: Anna Therese Beavers
Date Deposited: 13 May 2019 14:08
Last Modified: 13 May 2019 14:08

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