The role of women in jihad is a topic which has been fiercely debated among the jihadist community for many years.  The Qur'an is not completely clear regarding the female's role in jihad, leaving much room for interpretation and questions, like:  Should women remain on the sidelines caring for the wounded or engage in direct combat against the infidels?  Are they allowed to carry out suicide operations or should they stay home and raise their children to be Islamic militants?

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