Why Akathleptos?

Why Akathleptos? Because it means Uncontainable. God is infinite. Hence, the whole universe cannot contain Him. The term also refers to the incomprehensibility of God. No man can know everything about God. We can know Him personally but not exhaustively, not even in Heaven.

Why Patmos? Because the church is increasingly marginalized and exiled from the culture.

Why Pen-Names? So the focus is on the words and not who wrote them. We prefer to let what we say stand on its own merit. There is precedent in church history for this - i.e., the elusive identity of Ambrosiaster who wrote in the 4th century A.D.

“Truth is so obscured nowadays, and lies so well established, that unless we love the truth we shall never recognize it." Blaise Pascal



Monday, September 28, 2015

Isis: The 'central' role of women in forming the next jihadist generation



With an unprecedented number of women joining IS, the role they play has morphed into one more complex than simply being a "jihadist bride". Women are assumed to be passive agents in their involvement, but they play a key role in the formation of the "state" – from the dissemination of propaganda and the recruitment of female support. While it is one thing to send out fighters to destabilise an area, it is another to create the next jihadist generation.

.... According to others, the direction of IS changed when Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi declared a caliphate. Dr Erin Saltman, a senior extremism researcher for the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, says the focus shifted from being a group to a state – which involves women taking limited roles as dictated by strict Sharia law.

"It was a call for women engineers, mothers, doctors – all of sudden they weren't just calling for fighters – this was about building a state. Their role is more than becoming a bride because the propaganda around bringing women out to Isis-controlled areas is very significant as it represents state-building," says Saltman.

There are, however, limitations to what women can do in terms of the more violent acts of extremism. Female suicide bombers are nothing new and can be traced back to the early 1980s, when at the age of 16, Syrian Social Nationalist Party member Sana'a Mehaidli blew up an explosive-laden Peugeot next to an Israeli convoy during the occupation of south Lebanon.

Currently, there are no signs of IS women carrying out attacks but, according to Saltman, it is not something that can be ruled out in the future.

"Within strict Sharia law rhetoric, there is the message that women's roles are not naturally in combat or the military – they would only take up jihad if male forces were depleted to the point that jihad could not be carried out," she says.

A historical example is the active role played by Chechen female suicide bombers who fought after their husbands were killed by Russian forces in Chechnya. Saltman adds: "So there is potential for these women to become militarised in the future – many have expressed that they want to carry out violence or attacks, but currently that is not the case."

Story is here.

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