Women and Terrorism

An Ethnographic Study of Women Collusion in Swat, Pakistan


  • Noreen Naseer University of Peshawar, Pakistan https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9900-8608
  • Faiza Bashir Islamia College, Peshawar
  • Muhammad Zubair University of Peshawar




Women, Terrorism, Collusion, Swat, Pakistan


This article focuses on the clandestine role of women in aiding and abetting terrorism in the valley of Swat, Pakistan. It is based in extensive ethnographic fieldwork in the valley. The article investigates how women got involved in colluding with the Taliban when they took over the valley. Focusing on the class structure of the semi-tribal society of Swat Pushtuns, especially the segregation between men and women, the article suggests the Taliban exploited the long-built tension between the poor landless class and the rich landed class to convince the women of the former to collude with them with the promise of ameliorating their condition.


Author Biographies

Faiza Bashir, Islamia College, Peshawar

Faiza Bashir is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Islamia College, Peshawar.

Muhammad Zubair, University of Peshawar

Muhammad Zubair is an Assistant Professor in Political Science at the University of Peshawar.

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How to Cite

Naseer, N., Bashir, F., & Zubair, M. (2021). Women and Terrorism: An Ethnographic Study of Women Collusion in Swat, Pakistan. Review of Human Rights, 6(1), 79–97. https://doi.org/10.35994/rhr.v6i1.107