Meltem Kulaçatan, Harry Harun Behr


The appeal of contemporary radical interpretations for young Muslim women and men poses a new challenge to Islamic theology and education.  While  attention  has been given to the radicalization  of young men,  Muslim  women  remain  marginalized  within  academic  research. This article discusses gender-sensitive issues concerning radicalization. Based on the results of a pretest-study that inquires the success of ISIS regarding the recruiting of young women, aspects of universalism are approached, as constructions of gender, religion and education are discussed. Here, reconstructions of Islam between ideological, systematic and functional references of religion are taken into account.


women radicalization; particularism; universalism; ISIS

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