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IPAC Report 35: Mothers to Bombers: The Evolution of Indonesian Women Extremists


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Mothers to Bombers: The Evolution of Indonesian Women Extremists, the latest report from the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC), looks at how the role of women in Indonesian extremist organisations has evolved over the last four decades.

“The combination of ISIS and communications technology has dramatically changed how women extremists see themselves,” says Nava Nuraniyah, IPAC analyst. “ISIS has given them a more universal mission, while various forms of social media have enabled them to share information and reinforce their own aspirations.” These changes have come as ISIS leaders in Syria, including Indonesia’s Bahrun Naim, have come to see women as useful for jihad operations (amaliyah) because they are less likely to attract suspicion.

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