A Kinder, Gentler Islam? Muslim Scholars Give ISIS Permission to Sexually Abuse the Women they’ve Enslaved

 

 

Do you need more proof that the problem is bigger than just a few extremists in Iraq and Syria? Probably not, but I have the proof for you, and it’s hot off the presses from Reuters.

Islamic State theologians have issued an extremely detailed ruling on when “owners” of women enslaved by the extremist group can have sex with them, in an apparent bid to curb what they called violations in the treatment of captured females.

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The ruling or fatwa has the force of law and appears to go beyond the Islamic State’s previous known utterances on the subject, a leading Islamic State scholar said.

Among the religious rulings are bans on a father and son having sex with the same female slave; and the owner of a mother and daughter having sex with both. Joint owners of a female captive are similarly enjoined from intercourse because she is viewed as “part of a joint ownership.”

The fatwa starts with a question: “Some of the brothers have committed violations in the matter of the treatment of the female slaves. These violations are not permitted by Sharia law because these rules have not been dealt with in ages. Are there any warnings pertaining to this matter?”

It then lists 15 injunctions, which in some instances go into explicit detail. For example:

“If the owner of a female captive, who has a daughter suitable for intercourse, has sexual relations with the latter, he is not permitted to have intercourse with her mother and she is permanently off limits to him. Should he have intercourse with her mother then he is not permitted to have intercourse with her daughter and she is to be off limits to him.”

Some see the fatwa as a “softening” of ISIS on the issue of sexual slavery because it also instructs slave owners to “not humiliate” their female slaves. Though they are permitted to rape and beat said slaves, humiliation is apparently a bridge too far (though how rape is not humiliating is beyond me).
You can read the full fatwa here and more analysis of the edict from Reuters.

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