Saints Talk: Women and Terrorism by Professor Caron Gentry

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Saints Talk: Women and Terrorism by Professor Caron Gentry

In the fourth lecture of the Saints Talk online series, Professor Caron Gentry will talk about Women and Terrorism.

Women’s participation in political violence or terrorism is often met with incredulity. This was the response in 2015 to both the San Bernardino shooting (organised by a woman) and to the three teenage ‘Bethnal Green Girls’ who left London to join IS. When one of the girls (Shamima Begum) reappeared in February 2019, that incredulity morphed into anger when she continued to show support for IS.

In this lecture, Caron Gentry takes the audience on a journey from the mid-1800s to the present day to demonstrate that this incredulity is misplaced: there is in fact a long history of women’s participation in terrorism and engagement with political violence.

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