The Islamic State’s manifesto declares women who “shave in some places and not others” is the work of the Devil.


A manifesto for women published by the Islamic State (IS) group has criticized Western attitudes to women, saying that this so-called “Western model” has failed, that a woman’s place is in the home, and that Western women’s fashions, like earrings, are the work of the devil.

The manifesto, titled Women of the Islamic State, was shared on the Internet on January 23 by the IS group’s all-women unit, the Al-Khanssa Brigade. An English version of the manifesto was shared on February 5 by the Britain-based antiextremism think tank the Quilliam Foundation. It focuses on women’s daily lives and the role of women in an Islamic society and in the “caliphate” (the name given by the IS group to the areas under its control).

The overarching message of the manifesto is that women should be “sedentary” while men are characterized by “movement and flux.” […]

Earrings and hair “shaved in some places and not others” are the Devil’s work

The Islamic State’s manifesto on women also covers the important issue of women’s fashion which, unsurprisingly, it condemns as the work of “Iblis” or the devil.

The manifesto conflates jewelry such as earrings with plastic surgery, claiming that the devil encourages vulnerable women to “spend huge amounts of money to change God’s creation” including via surgery to alter “the nose, ear, chin and nails.”

The devil, according to the manifesto, preys on women in “fashion shops and beauty salons,” encouraging them to have “things dangling from ears” and “hair shaved in some places and not others.”