Hudson Institute: Female Genital Mutilation “An Obligation” According to Iraqi Muslim Cleric

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by Irfan Al-Alawi

In June, the parliament of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) adopted a ban on domestic violence, including female genital mutilation (FGM), a “procedure” that is widespread among Iraqi Kurds. The law will come into effect once it is signed by KRG president Mesud Barzani, who represents the Kurdistan Democratic Party.

But a local cleric, Ismail Sussai, in the major Iraqi Kurdish city of Arbil, has delivered a televised sermon in which he described FGM as “obligatory,” called on fathers to kill themselves, on pain of losing their “honor,” if they are legally prevented from abusing their daughters for using mobile phones; and he defended the beating of wives and children.

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And here is an example for an Islamic scholar who is strongly darguing against FGM: Female Circumcision is Prohibited Says Islamic Law Professor

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