A new document, said to be published by the Islamic State, gives outsiders a view of what life might be like for women living under the group’s version of strict Islamic law.
A blog post from Fox News Insider reports the 10,000-word manifesto from the group commonly referred to as ISIS, says women can marry as early as age 9, should stay indoors and should not be corrupted by working.
The document, titled “Women of the Islamic State: Manifesto and Case Study,” was first published in Arabic on a jihadi web forum last month, according to a recent story from The Guardian. It was translated into English by the Quilliam Foundation, a London-based, counter-extremism think tank.
“It is considered legitimate for a girl to be married at the age of nine,” the manifesto reads. “Most pure girls will be married by sixteen or seventeen, while they are still young and active. Young men will not be more than twenty years old in those glorious generations.”
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The document also instructs readers to reject science and cling to Islam.
The Islamic community should not be interested in trying to “uncover the secrets of nature and reaching the peaks of architectural sophistication,” it reads, according to The Guardian. Instead, the translation says, followers should stick to a strict interpretation of Islamic law, often referred to as Shariah law.
Women are also reportedly encouraged in the manifesto to shun modernity and the “falsity and materialism in civilization” and the overall culture of the “disbelievers of Europe.”
Beauty salons, fashionable clothes and piercings are all the work of the devil, according to the translation that tells the women the Western model of the career woman “failed the minute that women were ‘liberated’ from their cell in the house” because women’s minds then became filled with “shoddy-minded beliefs instead of religion.”
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Quilliam Foundation managing director, Haras Rafiq, told The Jerusalem Post the translation is important to help outsiders gain an understanding of why women sometimes feel compelled to join the Islamic State.
“There has been a huge amount of speculation about what the role of the women who join Islamic State — often dubbed jihadist brides — is,” Rafiq said. “(This translation) allows us to look past the propaganda banded about on social media by Western supporters of IS, enabling us to get into the mind-set of the hundreds, perhaps thousands, of women who willingly join its ranks.”
Photo Credit: Manifesto cover from the Quilliam Foundation