- ISBN/SKU: 9781591145424
- Binding: Hardcover
- Era: Current
- Number of Pages: 320
- Subject: History
- Date Available: November 2010
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In this comprehensive portrait of the women of Chechnya in modern war, Paul Murphy argues that they are the principal victims of the 1994 and 1999 wars with Russia and the present conflict with Islamic jihadists. War forced Chechen women to venture far beyond their traditional roles and advance their human rights, but the current movement championing traditional Islam is taking those rights away. The book challenges conventional thinking on why women fight and are willing to kill themselves in the name of Allah. Drawing on personal interviews, insider resources, and other materials, Murphy presents powerful portrayals of women who fight in the Chechen jihad, including snipers and the mysterious "Black Widow" suicide bombers, as well as women who collect intelligence, hide arms, and perform other noncombatant roles.
Paul J. Murphy, a former senior intelligence and U.S. counterterrorism official, has worked on counterterrorism cooperation projects with the Russian Parliament. The author of four other books, he currently teaches and is the director of the Russia-Eurasia Terror Watch.
Selected for Perspectives on Terrorism, Vol 6, No 2 (2012), Terrorism Bookshelf: Top 150 Books on Terrorism and Counterterrorism
“Allah’s Angels is a well-written and documented book that explains how conflict environments and actors evolve over time and how regional conflicts have transnational and cultural implications Its extensive notes, useful index, and numerous photos of the wartime environment and various Chechecn women (angels) provide great insight into the culture. Whether you agree with Murphy’s views or not, the book is of enduring value.”
— Military Review, May-June 2012
“Reading through Paul Murphy’s newest book, Allah’s Angels: Chechen Women in War, the sheer level of detail provided about the Chechen conflict and the role played by individual women instantly strikes one. This book is certainly a treasure trove of information that provides a behind-the-scenes look at Chechen society and the motivation of female Chechen terrorists….the book is a much-needed addition to the literature and an extremely useful source for analysts of the Chechen conflict and political violence in general.”
— The Russian Review, January 2012
"This book can only enhance the debate on countering Militant Islamist groups in this troubled region and offers clarity of thought. The book challenges conventional thinking on why women fight and are willing to kill themselves in the name of Allah."
—Military Technology, March 2011