Video: ISIS, Yazidis, and the Enslavement of Thousands of Women

Joshua Landis and Matthew Barber discuss the devastating IS campaign to plunder Mosul’s Christians and enslave thousands of Yazidi women: (Watch on YouTube)

Islamic State Officially Admits to Enslaving Yazidi Women

by Matthew Barber I first began tweeting about the Islamic State’s campaign to kidnap and enslave Yazidi women when I was in Iraq this past August. Though analysts were skeptical and online jihadists who defend IS vehemently denied my claims, I was communicating with the families of the kidnapped women and with those engaged in […]

If the U.S. Wanted To, It Could Help Free Thousands of Enslaved Yazidi Women in a Single Day

by Matthew Barber   The plight of thousands of Yazidi women, kidnapped by the Islamic State (IS) during its August 3 attack on Iraq’s Sinjar mountains and in the following weeks, has received some media attention, but most people are unaware of just how far-reaching this disastrous phenomenon is. Boko Haram kidnapped girls in the […]

“The Qubaysiyat are Feminists,” by Serene Taleb-Agha

The Qubaysiyat are Feminists by Serene Taleb-Agha For Syria Comment October 4, 2010 Serene Taleb-Agha hiking near Swaida in spring when the poppies and dandelions are in bloom Last week you posted an interesting contribution entitled, “Women and the Rise of Religious Conservatism.” I disagree with the claim that religious women, and the Qubaysiyat in […]