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European Female Jihadists in Syria: Exploring an Under-Researched Topic

26 May 2015

The number of young Western women travelling abroad to join the "Islamic State" (IS) continues to increase. However, little is known about these women, including their motivations and roles within organisations such as IS. With this Background Note, Prof. Dr. Edwin Bakker and Seran de Leede provide preliminary answers and explain what is known so far.

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How to cite: Bakker, E. and S. de Leede. "European Female Jihadists in Syria: Exploring and Under-Researched Topic", The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism - The Hague 6, no. 2 (2015). DOI: