ISIS releases manifesto on how women are to be treated

Veiled: Ms Umm Haritha, a 20-year-old from Canada who went to Syria to become a jihadi wife, posted this image of life in the ISIS-controlled city of Manbij, Syria, to Twitter, last year.

- Girls as young as nine should be encouraged to get married.

- Women should live a completely "sedentary" lifestyle.

- Their role is to remain "hidden and veiled", and in the service of men.

- Beauty parlours and shops selling fashionable clothes are not to be tolerated as they are the work of the devil.

These and more have been included in a manifesto released by the militants working for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria's (ISIS) all-women police force in Syria.

The document, titled "Women in the Islamic State", urges "pure" women to ensure that they are married by 16, while they are "young and active".

The document is the first of its kind to be released by ISIS' Al-Khansa Brigade.


Even though they claim it was neither written nor approved by the ISIS leadership, it provides a shocking view of how women will be treated, Mail Online reported.

The document was released last month but as it was written in Arabic, it failed to make an impact on Western ISIS terrorists or supporters.

But Quilliam, a counter-terrorism think tank, has now fully translated the manifesto and released its own analysis of its contents.

The document explains that the primary duty of Western women who join the terror group is to marry a terrorist, then spend their life cooking, cleaning and raising a family.

It suggests that young Western women who spend their time online boasting of leading an exciting and fulfilling lifestyle under the rule of ISIS are lying.

That could be because the ISIS leadership wants to encourage more women to travel to Syria and marry fighters.

This article was first published on February 8, 2015.
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