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Women as Terrorists: Mothers, Recruiters, and Martyrs

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Overview

Women as Terrorists: Mothers, Recruiters, and Martyrs is the first post-September 11 book to examine women's multifarious roles in terrorist organizations of all stripes around the world. It covers political, religious, ethno-separatist, and Maoist groups in countries as diverse as Iraq, Palestine, Chechnya, Sri Lanka, Colombia, South Africa, the Philippines, and Northern Ireland.

Modeling terrorist organizations as purposive organizations that depend for support, recruitment, and rationale on a culturally defined community of sympathizers, the authors explore why women become involved in terrorist groups, how terrorist leaders turn the societal attributes of women to advantage in designing terrorist campaigns, and how women fight for the right to assume strategic and combat roles in terrorist groups. The authors conclude with a review and projection of the rapidly evolving trends in the use of women in terrorist organizations, paying particular attention to al-Qaeda and its affiliated groups and considering the implications of their findings for counterterrorist strategies.

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"Cragin and Daly, international policy analysts at RAND Corporation, examine women's roles as operatives, logisticians, couriers, strategic thinkers, recruiters, and symbols in diverse political, religious, and ethno-separatist terrorist organizations around the world, in countries including Iraq, Palestine, Chechnya, Sri Lanka, Colombia, South Africa,

and Northern Ireland. They explore why women become involved in terrorist groups, how terrorist leaders turn the societal attributes of women to advantage in designing terrorist campaigns, and how women fight for the right to assume strategic and combat roles within terrorist groups. The book concludes with a review and projection of trends, paying particular

attention to al-Qaeda and its affiliated groups."

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"Those looking for a basic primer on the subject will find the book an interesting and informative read. . ."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275989095
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/2009
  • Series: Praeger Security International Series
  • Pages: 142
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Terrorist Motivations and Group Dynamics 1

2 Women as Logisticians 21

3 Women as Recruiters 39

4 Women as Suicide Bombers 55

5 Women as Operational Leaders and Fighters 71

6 Women as Political Vanguards 85

7 Women as Terrorists: Past, Present, and Future 103

Notes 119

Bibliography 133

Index 141

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