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dc.contributor.advisorBaylouny, Anne Marie
dc.contributor.authorKasatkin, Jacqueline-Marie W.W.
dc.dateJun-17
dc.date.accessioned2017-08-14T16:48:54Z
dc.date.available2017-08-14T16:48:54Z
dc.date.issued2017-06
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/55633
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractMany assume any woman who serves as a terrorist combatant or suicide bomber does so at the behest of a male-dominated hierarchy and not of her own volition. However, this overarching notion appears contradictory given the historical participation of women within liberation movements, uprisings, and terrorism. Faced with what seems to be a growing trend within violent extremist organizations, states, militaries, policy-makers, and academics are confronted with a vital question: Are women purely serving as baby factories for future terrorists, as sex slaves, as logistical support, and as sacrificial lambs; or, do they have a more active, combatant role? In examining the evolving roles of women within Islamist extremist organizations, this thesis concludes that women are not merely innocent bystanders coopted and coerced by male-dominated patriarchal Islamist organizations. Women are increasingly seeking more combatant and more public roles in these organizations and, in so doing, constitute a legitimate threat that must be engaged. Through a review of the prevailing literature concerning women's participation in violence and analysis of the Islamic Resistance Movement, al-Qaeda, and the Islamic State, this thesis highlights the crucial and evolving roles that women play within violent Islamist organizations. The author concludes that the more nationalistic an organization becomes, the greater the role women tend to have within it. As such, should organizations such as al-Qaeda and the Islamic State establish a nationalist objective, vice their current global jihadist agenda, female participation within these organizations may further evolve beyond purely militant roles and into the realm of politics and leadership. By highlighting the fact that men do not possess a monopoly on violence, the author informs policy-makers and planners of the risks involved in discounting the agency of female participants within these organizations.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/veiledbombshells1094555633
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleVeiled "bombshells": Women's participation in Islamist extremist organizationsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderHafez, Mohammed
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs (NSA)
dc.subject.authorterrorismen_US
dc.subject.authorcounter-terrorismen_US
dc.subject.authorextremismen_US
dc.subject.authorsuicide bomberen_US
dc.subject.authormartyrdomen_US
dc.subject.authorviolent extremist organizationsen_US
dc.subject.authorVEOen_US
dc.subject.authorIslamisten_US
dc.subject.authorIslamist extremist organizationsen_US
dc.subject.authorIEOen_US
dc.subject.authorIslamic Resistance Movementen_US
dc.subject.authorHAMASen_US
dc.subject.authoral-Qaedaen_US
dc.subject.authorAQen_US
dc.subject.authorIslamic Stateen_US
dc.subject.authorISISen_US
dc.subject.authorfemale suicide bombersen_US
dc.subject.authorfemale martyrsen_US
dc.subject.authorfemale terroristsen_US
dc.subject.authorfemale combatantsen_US
dc.subject.authorwomen in violenceen_US
dc.description.serviceLieutenant Commander, United States Navyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Arts in Security Studies (Middle East, South Asia, Sub-saharan Africa)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studies (Middle East, South Asia, Sub-saharan Africa)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US


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