Gender issues in terrorism studies

Katherine E. Brown*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Too often feminist and gender approaches to the study of terrorism have been side-lined by the mainstream of the field—until the rise of ISIS, which due to its strategic recruitment of women has forced the discipline and policymakers to rethink their gender-blind and frequently sexist assumptions. This chapter gives readers insight into thirty plus years of research into gender and terrorism, highlights core debates in the field, and points to three significant trends for future research. The paper concludes by stressing that there is no one approach to the study of gender and terrorism.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Research Agenda for Terrorism Studies
EditorsLara Frumkin, John Morrison, Andrew Silke
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781789909104
ISBN (Print)9781789909098
Publication statusPublished - 21 Feb 2023

Publication series

NameElgar Research Agendas
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing


  • Female foreign terrorist fighters
  • Gender based violence
  • Sexuality
  • Misogyny
  • Radicalisation
  • Intersectionality
  • SPRR

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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