“Isis has been successful at selling that image to women.
It’s not just about the naïve vulnerable jihadi bride, it’s women saying: ‘This is in line with my religion, my political beliefs, the fact I want to live how I want’.” The author said the concept of “empowerment” differed from what would be shared by most non-Muslim Western women, being seen through a dominantly religious lens.
Emily Winterbotham, the report’s co-author, said the use of the term “jihadi bride” to describe all female Isis members was reductive.
“Most people we interviewed believed women had been lured over to Isis by men, social media and marriage, with the men being the bad ones.
“There’s an implied rationality around male radicalisation and passivity around women …