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An unusual story of a woman Jihadist

  • Bambang Wisudo

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Sun, November 1 2009   /  11:44 am

What makes an Australian beach bunny become a radical involved in the Jihad movement, and directly associate with the inner circle of the most dangerous international terrorist network? In her book The Mother of Mohammed: An Australian Woman's Extraordinary Journey into Jihad, Australian investigative journalist Sally Neighbour shares the tale of an Australian convert teenager who later married a Javanese Muslim, transformed into a true believer, became involved in Jamaah Islamiyah activities in Indonesia, and went to the Pakistan-Afghanistan border with her four children for the jihad. She then married Osama bin Laden's military strategist. In her writing, Neighbour copes with some controversies and sensitive issues about religion including the convert's critics about Christianity and Catholicism. All of these sensitivities and controversies are the main strength of the book. ...