Mens de tidligere gikk etter menn, har radikale islamister nå konsentrert seg om å rekruttere kvinnelige studenter ved universiteter i Storbritannia, rapporterer BBC. De fores med videoer av overgrep mot muslimer, og litteratur, og radikaliseres i løpet av kort tid. Fagpersonell tror Storbritannia kan få sin første kvinnelige selvmordsbomber.
Rekrutteringen skjer via islamske foreninger på universitetene. De gir studenter et tilknytningspunkt, et sosialt miljø, og identitet. Mange forstår ikke hva som skjer før det er for sent.
»I didn’t have a plan and I didn’t know how I was going to do it. But I had so much anger inside me. I wanted to be heard.
»I thought I could do that through violence, by becoming the country’s first female suicide bomber.»
When Sadia started university, like most students, she was eager to make new friends and to fit in, so she joined the Islamic society.
Sadia, 22, (whose name has been changed to protect her identity), was befriended by a group of Muslim girls that she met at the events.
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I wanted to be heard… I thought I could do that through violence, by becoming the country’s first female suicide bomber”
Former student extremist
»They seemed to know a lot about Islam. As I grew closer to them, they would give me books to read to help me learn more about my religion,» she said.
Sadia was shown videos of Muslims allegedly «suffering because of the West», which led to her becoming radicalised.
«It made me think violence was acceptable. It made me want to become a suicide bomber.
»I thought if I became the first British woman to do it then that would make the Western world listen.»
Shaista Gohir, a consultant for Prevent, the government’s anti-terror programme and head of the Muslim Women’s Network UK (MWN-UK), said increasing numbers of Muslim women were being targeted at British universities.
»I have come across ample anecdotal evidence through my work, to suggest a growing problem of women being drawn into violent extremism.
»While it is mostly men who are targeted, women are also now being recruited by extremist groups.»
»Most Muslim women have no interest in violence, but there is small number of females who are being targeted. This is very serious because the numbers are slowly growing.»
Ms Gohir believes extremist groups could be deliberately going out of their way to target women, because female extremists arouse less suspicion than men.
Sadia ble korrigert av muslimske venner utenfor universitet.
Det er tankevekkende at muslimer rekrutteres til samfunnsnedbrytende virksomhet ved landets høyeste læreanstalter, av ekstreme organisasjoner som i mange tilfelle ikke har lov å være på campus. Det vitner om svært lav motstandskraft.
Hadiya Masieh, 32, says she was recruited by radicals from Hizb ut-Tahrir, an extremist group which claims it is non-violent, while at Brunel University. The group is banned from the campus.
She said its members convinced her to become a radical: «Once they’ve established that suspicion (against «the West») and malaise, depending on the person, all that emotion can be challenged in various ways, including violence.»
Ms Masieh has since left the group and is now and a member of the government’s Muslim Women’s Advisory Board (MWAB).
Dr Taj Hargey, an Imam from Oxford, said young Muslims needed to be armed with the right Islamic knowledge to fight radicalisation.
»Many Muslim students are fed tainted and misinterpreted ideologies of Islam on campus. This can then form the gateway to extremism,» said Dr Hargey.
Leder av Foreningen for islamske foreninger, benekter at ekstremisme og radikalisering er et problem på britiske universitet og at deres foreninger spiller en aktiv rolle.