Radicalization Of Women In Isis In Malaysia: Profiling, Causes And Roles

Ummu Atiyah Ahmad Zakuan
2018 Journal of Southeast Asian Studies  
Women appear to be very significant in the survival of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). It is due to their roles in procreating the militants, recruiting, and even in combating. Various studies and reports have shown that, although the ISIS subscribes to the idea that women should be confined to homes with their husbands and children, women's roles are increasingly significant and crucial especially in the post establishment of the Caliphate, with Raqqa , Syria, as the Capital City.
more » ... ven though the Caliphate had fallen in 2017, women continue to be a force to be reckoned with. Prior to the fall of Raqqa, reports have shown that over 500 western women have travelled to for various roles. In the context of Malaysia, the entire nation was shocked to learn that there are Malaysian Muslim women were involved in ISIS in 2013 and the numbers had grown until recently. At present, more than 30 women to have been involved in ISIS-some have been detained, some released and few were not located. Interestingly, these women come from diverse demography in terms of age, educational level, economic and social background. Their involvement in ISIS is also believed to be motivated by various factors including jihadism and marriage. This article focuses on the profiling of the Malaysian women who were involved in ISIS and the causes for their radicalization and roles they played in ISIS. The data gathered are primarily from various reports and expert interviews which involved with female ISIS detainees.
doi:10.22452/jati.sp2018no1.8 fatcat:uuomdac725ck3ekevpryz3iqay