Talking Indonesia – women and Islamist extremism

Like elsewhere in the world, violent religious extremists in Indonesia are mostly male. But in recent years, more and more female extremists have made headlines as they travelled to Syria to join the Islamic State and planned or perpetrated bomb attacks.


What drives women to join extremist networks? What roles do they play in these networks once they are fully immersed in them? And how can existing patterns of radicalisation help us formulate more effective policy responses to the spread of violent extremism?


In Talking Indonesia this week, Dr Dirk Tomsa discusses these and other questions with Nava Nuraniyah, a terrorism expert from the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC) in Jakarta.


In 2019, the Talking Indonesia podcast is co-hosted by Dr Dirk Tomsa from La Trobe University, Dr Dave McRae from the University of Melbourne’s Asia Institute, Dr Jemma Purdey from Deakin University and the Australia-Indonesia Centre, and Dr Charlotte Setijadi from Singapore Management University.


Look out for a new Talking Indonesia podcast every fortnight. Catch up on previous episodes here, subscribe via iTunes or listen via your favourite podcasting app.


Photo by AP.


Dirk Tomsa is an Associate Professor in the Department of Politics, Media and Philosophy at La Trobe University.