About 10 percent of European foreign fighters are women. What drives them to "migrate" to the Islamic State? By and large, women share some of the reasons which have prompted their "brothers" to walk the same path: the rejection of the stigma against Muslims in Europe, particularly when xenophobia is identified with Islamophobia by political actors; the belief that the umma, the community of believers, is under the attack of the West and should be defended; the desire to contribute by all means, including the sacrifice of one’s own life, to build a state in which sharia is fully operative; the desire to forge their identity according to the canons of Islamic precepts; the aspiration to fight the jihad. In this experience, however, women will be assigned the traditional role of domestic and family care.
Keywords: Identity, women, Islamic state, religion, radicalization