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How the myth of the ISIS “Jihadi bride” draws from Western culture

The idea of women giving themselves over to dangerous men is deeply entrenched and popular, featuring in everything from romance novels to horror

By Christiana Spens  

Sally Jones poses for a photo aping the cover of "Divorcing Jack". Photo: YouTube screen grab

Over the past few years, the Western media have been fascinated by the stories of so-called ‘Jihadi brides’—the women who have given up their lives in Europe to marry ISIS fighters and bear their children in war-torn Syria and Iraq. From Austrian teenagers to Glaswegian students, they have generally been characterized as weak, naïve and misguided.

Sally Jones a.k.a ‘The White Widow’ was arguably the most iconic of the ‘jihadi brides.’ Reportedly…

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