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The unlikely terrorist: women and Islamic resistance in Lebanon and the Palestinian territories

Holt, Maria C. (2010) The unlikely terrorist: women and Islamic resistance in Lebanon and the Palestinian territories. Critical Studies on Terrorism, 3 (3). pp. 365-382. ISSN 1753-9153

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17539153.2010.521640

Abstract

Islamic resistance groups in Lebanon and the Palestinian territories have been accused of using terrorist tactics to achieve their aims. Although some critics suggest that such groups may also have hijacked the democratic agenda in ways that disadvantage women, their supporters claim that they are promoting a model of modernity that is empowering women. This article examines the reasons why some Lebanese Shi'i and Palestinian women support the resistance against Israeli invasion and occupation that is justified in terms of religion. Far from seeing the actions of Hizbullah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Palestinian territories as acts of terrorism, many women welcome the resistance as it brings dignity and meaning to their lives and enhances feelings of national identification.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
ID Code:8286
Deposited On:13 Jul 2010 11:43
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