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FGM in Iraq: The hoax of a hoax?
29.7.1014. By Stop FGM Middle East
Last week a statement by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was circulating in Arab Social media calling female genital mutilation sunnah (the right path in Islam) and called on all Muslim women to have it done. A number of Western media outlets and international organizations reported this fatwa (religious ruling) thereby warning of its consequences for women and girls in the areas occupied by IS in Iraq and Syria.
A few days later this fatwa was unveiled as a hoax by several journalists with Spiegel online taking the lead. But was it really unveiled as a hoax? Most reasons brought forward are based on flawed information and misconceptions about the nature of fatwas. (more…)
Syria: Islamic State ‘decrees’ infibulation for all women
23.7.2014. (ANSAmed) – BEIRUT – An unverified decree dated Monday in the Islamic State (IS), which extends from Aleppo in Syria to Mosul in Iraq, states that all women in the territory must undergo infibulation, or female genital mutilation.
The decree was allegedly made by the territory’s self-proclaimed “Caliph” Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. The decree bears the insignia of the IS in Aleppo, in the region of Azaz, north of the northern Syrian city.
The text contains a number of typographical errors, and is based on sayings attributed to the Prophet Mohammed. (more…)