Al-Qa'ida glossy advises women to cover up and marry a martyr - Asia, World - The IndependentThe magazine's editors explain their thinking in a launch issue preamble:
"Because women constitute half of the population – and one might even say that they are the population since they give birth to the next generation – the enemies of Islam are bent on preventing the Muslim woman from knowing the truth about her religion and her role, since they know all too well what would happen if women entered the field of jihad... The nation of Islam needs women who know the truth about their religion and about the battle and its dimensions and know what is expected of them."
Analysts say the idea is to market global jihad with the same slick feel as Cosmopolitan or Marie Claire push Western culture to young women. Al-Shamikha certainly isn't the first jihadist magazine for women. It follows others such as The Granddaughters of Khansa, which launched in February 2010 only to fold after two editions. It bore a number of similarities to Al-Shamikha.
The US security establishment is reportedly concerned with al Qa'ida's publishing ambitions, which are self-evidently intended to recruit followers among the wider Muslim world.