Class Year


Document Type

Student Research Paper

Publication Date

Spring 2015

Department 1



On February 18, 2015 CNN published a reported stating that Western women were leaving their homes to join ISIS because of a social media campaign featuring pictures of kittens and Nutella. This reported propagated the notion that women who join jihadist organizations are brainwashed or feeble minded. The reality is not so simple. This paper explores the motives women may have for joining ISIS through comparison to the motivations that drove women to partake in other violent jihadist organizations' activities.


This paper was written for Professor Amy Evrard's course, ANTH 218: Islam and Women, Spring 2015.

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