New Report Sheds Light on the Women and Children of Islamic State

A large stone mosque can be seen through a windowThe International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation has just released From Daesh to ‘Diaspora’: Tracing the Women and Minors of Islamic State. Research on the Islamic State has conventionally centered on male members, who are often the key actors of ideological violence, and simultaneously neglected to conduct research and analysis on women and minors also affiliated with the Islamic State. This report used publicly available data to begin creating a knowledge base that will inform future research on the radicalization of women and minors.

A key point from the report is the need to distinguish between women and minors. While “womenandchildren” may be conflated in some analysis, the nuances between the two populations is essential when considering the long-term ideological and physical survival of the Islamic State.

Other highlights from the report include:

  • “The number of recorded infants born inside the IS’ ‘caliphate’ to international parents – at least 730 – has also led to an underestimation of minors that must now be accounted for as foreign returnees.”
  • “Women and minors are poised to play a significant role in carrying forward the ideology and legacy of IS after the physical fall of its ‘caliphate’ in late 2017.”
  • “There is a risk that many IS orphans will become stateless and fall through the cracks of repatriation and rehabilitation efforts.”

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