Talking Indonesia Podcast: Women and Islamist Extremism


Like elsewhere in the world, violent religious extremists in Indonesia are mostly male. But in recent years, more and more female extremists have made headlines as they travelled to Syria to join the Islamic State and planned or perpetrated bomb attacks.

What drives women to join extremist networks? What roles do they play in these networks once they are fully immersed in them? And how can existing patterns of radicalization help us formulate more effective policy responses to the spread of violent extremism?

 In Talking Indonesia this week, Dr Dirk Tomsa discusses these and other questions with Nava Nuraniyah, a terrorism expert from the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC) in Jakarta.

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