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New EFSAS Aricle: Islamic Terrorism & Feminist Narratives - Case of DeM


Dukhtaran-e-Millat has played a pivotal role in supporting violent religious extremism while simultaneously attempting to refute the Western rhetoric of Muslim women as passive bystanders in the context of Islamist terrorism. Ironically, it is the very notion of women’s agency that DeM deploys in order to legitimize its participation in violence. Cognizant of this, it is therefore pertinent to examine the outfit and its ‘feminist’ discourse in justifying support for terrorist activities. While another all-female separatist group, such as Muslim Khawateen Markaz, had equally taken root in the region, DeM’s intriguing distinctiveness lies in its aggressive manner of engaging in moral policing through the promotion of gendered narratives.