Allah's Angels : Chechen Women in War

TitleAllah's Angels : Chechen Women in War
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsMurphy, Paul J.
Number of Pages294
PublisherNaval Institute Press
CityAnnapolis, MD

"In this comprehensive portrait of the women of Chechnya in modern war, Paul Murphy argues that they are the principal victims of the 1994 and 1999 wars with Russia and the present conflict with Islamic jihadists. War forced Chechen women to venture far beyond their traditional roles and advance their human rights, but the current movement championing traditional Islam is taking those rights away. The book challenges conventional thinking on why women fight and are willing to kill themselves in the name of Allah. Drawing on personal interviews, insider resources, and other materials, Murphy presents powerful portrayals of women who fight in the Chechen jihad, including snipers and the mysterious "Black Widow" suicide bombers, as well as women who collect intelligence, hide arms, and perform other noncombatant roles."--Publisher's description.

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