Al-Khansaa (magazine)

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Al-Khansaa was an online women's magazine launched in 2004 by a Saudi branch of al-Qaeda.[1][2]

The magazine claimed to have been founded by Saudi leader Abd-al-Aziz al-Muqrin shortly before his death.[3] It offered advice on first aid for wounded family members, how to raise children to believe in Jihad and physical training for women to prepare for combat.[3]

The magazine was named after Al-Khansaa, an Arab poet and a contemporary of Muhammad.[4]


  1. ^ Leela Jacinto (23 September 2004). "Al Qaeda's 'Female Squads' Go Online". ABC News. Archived from the original on 3 January 2019. Retrieved 22 March 2006.
  2. ^ "Al-Shamikha, Al Qaeda Women's Magazine, Launches: Report". The Huffington Post. Verizon Media. 14 March 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b Gabriel Weimann (2006). Hoffman, Bruce; Weiss, Eric (eds.). Terror on the Internet. US Institute of Peace Press. p. 71. ISBN 9781929223718.
  4. ^ Michelle Hartman (2011). "An Arab Woman Poet as a Crossover Artist? Reconsidering the Ambivalent Legacy of Al-Khansaʾ". Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature. University of Tulsa. 30 (1): 15–36. JSTOR 23349365. Retrieved 28 May 2019.