FGM in Saudi Arabia


alkurdiIn a recent fatwa a certain Sheikh Al-Hajji Al-Kurdi from the Saudi Ministry of Awqaf & Islamic Affairs endorsed female genital mutilation in its “sunna” form which stipulates the cutting of the clitoris prepuce. He distinguished this allowed “Islamic circumcision” from forbidden “Pharaonic circumcisions”.

On the ground, however, it is common opinion that “sunna circumcision” includes the cutting of the clitoris.

A fatwa like this one raises serious questions about the prevalence of FGM in Saudi Arabia.


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