ISIS releases ‘fatwa’ on how to rape female sex slaves

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

The ruling or fatwa has actually 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. It sheds brand-new light on how the group is trying to reinterpret centuries-old teachings to justify the sexual slavery of women in the swaths of Syria and Iraq it controls.

The fatwa was among a huge trove of documents captured by US Special Operations Forces during a raid targeting a top Islamic State official in Syria in May. Reuters has actually reviewed some of the documents, which have actually not been previously published.

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

The United Nations and human rights groups have actually accused the Islamic State of the systematic abduction and rape of thousands of women and girls as young as 12, especially members of the Yazidi minority in northern Iraq. Lots of have actually been given to fighters as a reward or sold as sex slaves.

Far from trying to conceal the practice, Islamic State has actually boasted about it and established a department of “war spoils” to manage slavery. Reuters reported on the existence of the department on Monday.

In an April report, Human Rights Watch interviewed 20 female escapees who recounted how Islamic State fighters separated young women and girls from men and boys and older women. They were moved “in an organized and methodical fashion to various places in Iraq and Syria.” They were then sold or given as gifts and repeatedly raped or subjected to sexual violence.
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Fatwa No. 64, dated Jan. 29, 2015, and issued by Islamic State’s Committee of Research and Fatwas, appears to codify sexual relations between IS fighters and their female captives for the first time, going further than a pamphlet issued by the group in 2014 on how to treat slaves.

The fatwa starts along with a question: “Some of the brothers have actually committed violations in the matter of the treatment of the female slaves. These violations are not permitted by Sharia law because these rules have actually not been dealt along 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 actually a daughter suitable for intercourse, has actually sexual relations along with the latter, he is not permitted to have actually intercourse along with her mother and she is permanently off limits to him. Should he have actually intercourse along with her mother then he is not permitted to have actually intercourse along with her daughter and she is to be off limits to him.”

Islamic State’s sexual exploitation of female captives has actually been well documented, but a leading IS expert at Princeton University, Cole Bunzel, who has actually reviewed Lots of of the group’s writings, said the fatwa went beyond what has actually previously been published by the militants on how to treat female slaves.

“It reveals the actual concerns of IS slave owners,” he said in an email.

Still, he cautioned that not “everything dealt along with in the fatwa is indicative of a relevant violation. It doesn’t mean father and son were necessarily sharing a girl. They’re at least being ‘warned’ not to. But I bet some of these violations were being committed.”

The fatwa additionally instructs owners of female slaves to “show compassion towards her, be kind to her, not humiliate her, and not assign her work she is unable to perform.” An owner should additionally not sell her to an individual whom he knows will mistreat her.

Professor Abdel Fattah Alawari, dean of Islamic Theology at Al-Azhar University, a 1,000-year-old Egyptian center for Islamic learning, said Islamic State “has actually nothing to do along with Islam” and was deliberately misreading centuries-old verses and sayings that were originally designed to end, rather than encourage, slavery.

“Islam preaches freedom to slaves, not slavery. Slavery was the status quo when Islam came around,” he said. “Judaism, Christianity, Greek, Roman, and Persian civilizations all practiced it and took the females of their enemies as sex slaves. So Islam found this abhorrent practice and worked to gradually remove it.”
In September 2014 more than 120 Islamic scholars from around the world issued an open letter to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi refuting the group’s religious arguments to justify Lots of of its actions. The scholars noted that the “reintroduction of slavery is forbidden in Islam.”