Dabiqâ€™s propaganda aimed at Western women is based on more than romance and sex, argues Kiriloi M. Ingram. A more nuanced understanding of ISâ€™s appeal to women, in particular of the five categories of female archetypes into which IS tends to group women, would allow for more effective counter-strategies. Recent setbacks in Syria and Iraq have not deterred the so-called â€œIslamic Stateâ€ (IS) from using propaganda to appeal to Western women. Indeed, the latest issue of its English language magazine, Dabiq, featured two articles for female audiences. ISâ€™s ability to attract Western women has captured the worldâ€™s attention, sparking fierce debate about their motivations. Unfortunately, this discourse has often become yet another forum for reproducing gendered stereotypes via sensationalised depictions of â€œjihadi bridesâ€ (or more derogatively â€œjihadi slutsâ€) falling for ISâ€™s â€œeye candyâ€ online.
|Place of Publication
|Published - 2016