Even the sanitized translation of this Islamic legal manual makes it clear that Islamic law calls for female genital mutilation:
“Circumcision is obligatory (O: for both men and women. For men it consists of removing the prepuce from the penis, and for women, removing the prepuce (Ar. bazr) of the clitoris (n: not the clitoris itself, as some mistakenly assert). (A: Hanbalis hold that circumcision of women is not obligatory but sunna, while Hanafis consider it a mere courtesy to the husband.)” — ‘Umdat al-Salik e4.3
Here is the actual translation:
“Circumcision is obligatory (for every male and female) (by cutting off the piece of skin on the glans of the penis of the male, but circumcision of the female is by cutting out the bazr ‘clitoris’ [this is called khufaadh ‘female circumcision’]).” — Mark Durie, The Third Choice, p. 64
“Islamic holy man and his wife are jailed for mutilating the genitals of their four daughters,” by Craig Mackenzie for the Daily Mail, June 3 (thanks to Alan of England):
An Islamic holy man and his wife have been jailed for the genital mutilation of their four daughters.
The case has shocked France and was branded by a female government minister as a ‘grave crime’ and an ‘intolerable affront to women’s dignity.’
All four of the victims, now aged between 11 and 20, were in court to hear the sentence and wept and cried out as their parents were led away from the dock.
The unnamed father was sentenced to two years and his wife got 18 months for allowing a ‘doctor’ to remove parts of their vaginas.
They were charged with “˜complicity in voluntary violence having led to mutilation by an older person of a minor under the age of 15 years” , a crime punishable by a maximum of 20 years jail.
The father was said to be a “˜ marabout” – an Arabic word for an Islamic ascetic holy man alleged to be endowed with magical powers.
The couple originally came from the west African state of Guinea where according to a 2007 study, 96 per cent of young girls have their genitals mutilated in the name of religion….
At the trial in Nevers, central France, the two youngest victims had declared themselves plaintiffs under French law but the elder girls withdrew their complaint and sided with their parents.…
The two eldest girls defended their parents action, saying that they did not understand why they were appearing in court.
Sobbing in the witness box , the mother told the court that she now regretted what had happened .
“˜Now I would be less passive, ‘ she said. ‘Circumcision is not good.’
The former holy man, said to have been severely handicapped by a stroke, told the judge ,” What is the most important thing for me is the wellbeing of my family. I am sorry for what happened.’
Moroccan- born Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, 35, Minister of Women’s Rights in the new government of FranÃ§ois Hollande, has now pledged a crackdown on the illegal practice.
She vowed to track down what she called “˜ executioners” who have performed covert surgery on an estimated 50,000 young girls in France….