By Raymond Ibrahim
Earlier this week, Egypt’s Tahrir News conducted an interview with Dr. Amina Kamal, advisor to President Morsi on Women’s Affairs, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice party, and a member of the Constituent Assembly.
The discussion about female circumcision, or female genital mutilation, is causing some controversy. When asked what advice she would give to President Morsi concerning this practice, she said she would tell him that it should only be performed when the girl reaches puberty, and that it is wrong to perform it, as sometimes happens, when the girl is only seven or eight years old.
Despite coming off somewhat neutral at times, saying for instance that the practice is not strictly Islamic, although it is permissible, at one point she asserted that those girls who do not have the operation performed are “lacking in faith [iman].”….
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The most stubborn source of resistance to reforms against domestic violence in Muslim countries is the invocation of chapter and verse from the Qur’an. In Qur’an 4:34, Allah says a man can hit (yes, hit) his wife if he fears disobedience from her. Yes, domestic violence occurs in the West, but it is illegal, and it is condemned as a backward and abhorrent practice that must be obliterated, not regulated or managed.
Meanwhile, in Islamic countries, at the risk of contradicting Allah, self-styled reformers must try to split hairs about translations and propose limitations on how hard a man can hit, or emphasize the notion that hitting is a “last resort” while leaving the principle of the matter untouched: at the end of the day, Allah says Muslim men can hit their wives.
And so they do, among other accepted abuses in the Muslim world, such as “triple-talaq” divorce and marital rape. “Hopes dim to change Iraq laws to protect women,” by Bushra Juhi for the Associated Press, October 11:
BAGHDAD (AP) — Salma Jassim was beaten, kicked out of her marital home with her newborn daughter on her shoulder and then deserted by her husband. But she says the threat she faces from her own family, who feel shamed because of her divorce, is just as bad as the abuse.
There are few places in Iraq where Jassim can turn for help. Iraqi experts believe that domestic abuse has increased during the years of war and economic hardship since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. But attempts to strengthen laws to protect women have gone nowhere in the face of heavy cultural and religious resistance.
The World Health Organization has estimated that one in five Iraqi women has reported being a victim of domestic violence, and experts say the rate is much higher. Government officials say for the time being there’s little hope that laws giving men wide rights to “discipline” their wives will be changed.
“There are abusive laws against women … but we believe that in this era, this project will be rejected,” said the Human Rights Ministry’s spokesman Kamil Amin. “Politicians have no will to change these abusive laws.”
State Minister for Women’s Affairs Ibtihal al-Zaidi agreed.
“The new reforms might raise issues against Islamic laws as well as tribal and traditional norms,” she said. “It is a very sensitive issue.”
Al-Zaidi’s ministry is working with other ministries along with civil society organizations in coordination with the United Nations to finalize a national strategic plan for the advancement of women, combating violence against women, and preparing draft legislation to protect against domestic violence.
However, al-Zaidi said she was “very hesitant” to present the draft legislation to parliament because of unsuccessful attempts made by Iraq’s Human Rights Ministry to repeal discriminatory provisions.
“The Iraqi Supreme Judicial Council thwarted our attempts under the pretext that the time was not right for such amendments which would be rejected by the Iraqi street because they conflict with religious, tribal and traditional norms,” said Amin, the Rights Ministry spokesman. “Not only male lawmakers but even some female lawmakers stood against such reforms because of their extreme religious convictions…
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