Female terrorists are a rare phenomenon. Less than ten terrorist organizations throughout the world have women members. These terrorist groups are either Marxist (atheist) or Jihadist in their ideologies. Sexual Jihad: The Role of Islam in Female Terrorism ascertains, “What is the role of Islam in female terrorism?” It explores the roles of women in eight jihadist case studies including: Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, Boko Haram, the Chechen Separatists, HAMAS, Hezbollah, ISIS, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, and Al Qaeda. Primary sources and secondary sources are used, including research conducted on Palestinian women in Israeli prisons who have been convicted of terrorism. It is argued that are three roles for women in Jihadist terrorism: the disposable, the domestic, and the secretary. The theory posited in this book is that the roles of women in terrorist groups are similar to their cultural/religious roles in society.
Chapter 1: The Roles of Women in Islam, the Quran, and the Hadith
Chapter 2: Some Thoughts on Female Jihadist Motivation and Radicalization
Chapter 3: The Domestics
Chapter 4: The Secretaries
Chapter 5: The Disposables (Mujahidat)
Chapter 6: The Women of Cohar: Convicted Jihadist Terrorists in an Israeli Prison
Chapter 7: Female Home-Grown and Emigrant Terrorism in the United States
Christine Sixta Rinehart is associate professor of political science at the University of South Carolina, Palmetto College.