How would you begin a news article about a women’s magazine published by Al-Queda — what one might call “Jihad Cosmo”? The Daily Mail opens with one of the most striking sentences in the history of journalism:
Al-Qaeda has launched a women’s magazine that mixes beauty and fashion tips with advice on suicide bombings.
Apparently, the magazine is full of timely advice for the complete woman:
Al-Shamikha magazine – meaning The Majestic Woman – has advice for singletons on ‘marrying a mujahideen’.
Readers are told it is their duty to raise children to be mujahideen ready for jihad.
And the ‘beauty column’ instructs women to stay indoors with their faces covered to keep a ‘clear complexion’.