Al Qaida Launches Women's Magazine

Al Qaida has launched a magazine for women, called Al-Shamikha, which translates to "Majestic Woman." The first issue is a 31 page glossy.

The magazine's advice to women: Cover up and marry a martyr. Al Qaida's rationale behind the project:

"Because women constitute half of the population – and one might even say that they are the population since they give birth to the next generation – the enemies of Islam are bent on preventing the Muslim woman from knowing the truth about her religion and her role, since they know all too well what would happen if women entered the field of jihad... The nation of Islam needs women who know the truth about their religion and about the battle and its dimensions and know what is expected of them."

The Daily Mail says the first issue contains beauty tips as well as The magazine includes exclusive interviews with the wives of martyrs, who praise their husband's suicide missions.

Is it a new day for the global marketing of Jihad? Al Qaida has had some sophisticated marketing campaigns in the past. But do they reach anyone but the disaffected? Sounds like a lot of preaching to the choir to me.

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    Are there personal ads? (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Dadler on Mon Mar 14, 2011 at 07:47:40 PM EST
    "Daughter of martyr seeks future martyr for marriage, which will be admittedly short, due to the martyr part.  Freezable sperm a must.  Sorry, no blondes."

    Hey! (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Mon Mar 14, 2011 at 08:30:49 PM EST
    Quick picking on us blondes.  Don't forget Jihad Jamie.  She may not be a natural blonde like moi, but still...

    heh... or (none / 0) (#2)
    by desertswine on Mon Mar 14, 2011 at 07:56:57 PM EST
    "How to Look Good...   Under Your Veil"

    I was trying to think about (none / 0) (#5)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Mar 14, 2011 at 10:10:36 PM EST
    what the beauty tips could be too.  How to get that perfect shade of burkha?  The world's top ten eyeliners?  Niqabs for every occasion?

    Reminds me of the Real Time burqa (5.00 / 2) (#6)
    by Joan in VA on Mon Mar 14, 2011 at 11:19:06 PM EST
    fashion show a few seasons ago. Eyeliner was the only visible accessory but it was as unfashionable as the burqas-too black and too much. Those women need Vogue-not Majestic whatever. And knives to stick it to those oppressive bastids...steel goes with everything!

    best comment yet! (none / 0) (#7)
    by The Addams Family on Mon Mar 14, 2011 at 11:29:44 PM EST
    At first (5.00 / 2) (#3)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Mar 14, 2011 at 08:14:20 PM EST
    I thought this might be a joke but I guess it isn't. After reading the synopsis, I see a lot of similarities to Christian Fundamentalist magazines like Focus on the Family. It's full of advice about how women need to be submissive though not to the point of blowing people up but it has a lot of the same eerily fundamentalist thought.

    Sounds like our Christians (none / 0) (#8)
    by kdm251 on Tue Mar 15, 2011 at 08:03:54 AM EST
    It's really hard to tell this magazine apart from some of stuff focus on the family produces.