Student Research Paper
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.
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Smith, Samantha K., "Kittens and Nutella: Why Women Join ISIS" (2015). What All Americans Should Know About Women in the Muslim World. 7.
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