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Systemized slavery

Islamic State issues fatwa detailing rules for sex with female slaves

By WITW Staff on December 29, 2015

The Islamic State has issued an official fatwa (ruling) that lists in specific detail when “owners” of sex slaves are permitted to have sex with them. The fatwa, which has the force of law within the Islamic State, was found amongst a trove of documents captured by the US during a raid of a top Islamic State official in Syria in May. The document invokes ancient scripture, justifying the taking of women and children as slaves as “one of the inevitable consequences of the jihad,” and forbidding practices such as abortion, and having sex with slaves during their menstrual cycle or while pregnant. Many of the other stipulations are designed to prevent indirect forms of incest, such as having sex with both a mother and daughter or the sharing of sex slaves between family members.

The Islamic State has systemized slavery in the territory they control, and the fatwa is intended to clarify for practitioners how to make practice of slavery consistent with theological teachings. Professor Abdel Fattah Alawari, dean of Islamic Theology at Al-Azhar University, says that the Islamic State “has nothing to do with Islam,” and that the verses and sayings referenced by the Islamic State were originally designed to end rather than encourage slavery.

Read the full story at Reuters.


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