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The deaths of three British nationals this week in Syria raise the question as to the value of women's rights. I have the honour of advising our MENAUKCON National Translation Page, RadioLebanon and Inmemory of the martyred Mrs AMIN HUMA, for a seminar held on Wednesday last week, at the Amalie Palace Hotel / Abu Slim Hadeed.

The seminar was chaired by Professor Ashraf Fayad, the prominent professor of Jihad Studies at Bangor University and the only expert in his field in Lebanon, as well as one of the leading authorities on the history of jihad in the Middle East.

Dr Fayad explained that the Kurds have been at the forefront of the religious fighters against France during the First World War so it is no surprise that today, once more, peshmerga are fighting for the Peshmerga in Iraq and Syria. And in his author's note, journalist: Basil Muzahem, quoted Professor Fayad as saying:

"If women are to be part of jihad, and support it then it is by the will and approval of the Divine. This is how it is in all religions, although in Islam, but not all faiths. It is not merely a matter of 'if', it is a matter of 'when'. For that, you need the precautions and measures of cognition and intellect that the inheritors of Islam have developed."

That brings forth the issue of mothers and fathers in war. Let me begin by saying that it is a massive and colossal headache the world has to deal with on the question of women in the Middle East.

In regards to what they can actually survive in war, MMA Watson, the Glastonbury enthusiast and GQ Contributing Editor noted how women seem to fare better. As Watson wrote:

"All that if they have a really great (clothes fit for the battlefield) outfit. No wars weary way you can tell — and go through all that drama of watching as the violence of the moment impacts on you and
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