Journal of Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues (Print ISSN: 1544-0036; Online ISSN: 1544-0044)


Jihadi Female Intellectual: The Case of Iman al-Bugha

Author(s): Mohammad Abu Rumman

This study aims to analyze the model of Dr. al-Bugha, search beyond the reasons of her joining IS and into her intellectual, political, and ideological positions that manifest her jihadist convictions. It also looks at the influence of her social and religious milieu, represented by her father and brothers, in addition to her children. The significance of al-Bugha’s model lies not only in her advanced educational level and renowned social background, but also in her prominent position in IS’ legal and jurisprudential apparatus. She is viewed as the icon of female jihadism within IS, and is exceptionally active in espousing jihadi ideology, particularly on social media, compared to many other IS members who are prohibited from using these online networks upon arriving in IS territories. She became known as the ideological and jurisprudential ‘lawyer’ representing IS and its political positions. She presents an idealistic depiction of life inside the territories, and engages avidly in responding to criticisms targeting IS, particularly from rival jihadi groups To answer the question of the study in these pages the researcher traced Al- Bugha personal and family life to identify the variables which form her character and the factors that can explain why she joined Is, then how she mentioned the life under the rules of this religious organization and her argument to justify the behavior of the state of Isis.

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