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the women of isis

Azadeh Moaveni

Thousands of women emigrated to Syria to create an Islamic state. Why? Join Pulitzer nominated journalist, Azadeh Moaveni, as she dissects the stereotype of the ISIS bride. 

Hosted by Jacqueline Maley.

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“A challenging subject: the inner lives and motivations of women who joined or supported the Islamic State militant group”

The New York Times Book Review

Inside the radicalisation of women

In pursuit of an Islamic homeland, thousands of women and girls - housewives, teenagers, doctors and drifters - emigrated from across the world to aid the plight of fellow Muslims in Syria. It wasn't long before the militants exposed themselves as little more than criminals, and the women of ISIS were stripped of agency, perpetually widowed and remarried, and trapped in a brutal, lawless society. So who are the Islamic State brides - and what motivated them to leave their homes? 

Pulitzer Prize finalist Azadeh Moaveni's sensitive, immersive reporting illuminates the turbulent politics that set them on their paths. Her gripping account highlights thirteen women who joined, endured, and in some cases escaped, life in the Islamic State. Challenge stereotyped thinking at this unmissable, nuanced exploration of the radicalisation of women.

Cheat Sheet: Azadeh Moaveni

The correspondent unpacking the complex stereotype of the ISIS bride.

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Azadeh Moaveni

Azadeh Moaveni is Director of the Project for Gender and Conflict at the International Crisis Group and Lecturer in Journalism at New York University, London. She has reported and written from the Middle East for nearly two decades, starting as a Fulbright Fellow in Egypt in 1998, and then as correspondent for TIME magazine and the Los Angeles Times, working across Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, and Iraq. Her work has focused throughout on how women and girls are impacted by political instability and conflict, as well as the interplay between militarism, Islamism and women’s social status and rights. She is the author of Lipstick Jihad, Honeymoon in Tehran, and co-author, with Iranian Nobel Peace Laurate Shirin Ebadi, of Iran Awakening, which has been translated into over forty languages. A Pulitzer finalist, her book Guest House for Young Widows: Among the Women of ISIS, was published in autumn of 2019 and shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize. She writes for the London Review of Books, the Guardian, and the New York Times, among other publications. 

Jacqueline Maley

Jacqueline Maley is a columnist and senior writer for the Sydney Morning Herald and Age newspapers, where she writes about politics, people and social affairs. She has also worked on staff at The Guardian in London and The Australian Financial Review, as well as contributing to numerous other publications including Gourmet Traveller and Marie Claire. In 2016 she won the Kennedy Award for Outstanding Columnist.

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