FGM is sanctioned by Islamic law: “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’]).” — ‘Umdat al-Salik e4.3, translated by Mark Durie, The Third Choice, p. 64
And it is widespread in 30 Muslim countries, not just among the Dawoodi Bohras.
“FAITH FILE: Let’s Talk About Cheap Sex, Female Genital Mutilation And Jesus,” by Mark Tapscott, Daily Caller, September 18, 2017:
Now that I have your attention…
Federal officials arrested two Muslim women who drove from their Minnesota homes to Detroit to subject their seven-year-old daughters to the horrific — and illegal in the U.S. — practice of female genital mutilation, or female circumcision.
“Haseena Halfal, 34, of Plymouth, Minnesota, and Zainab Hariyanawala, 31, were indicted five months after federal prosecutors unveiled the first female genital mutilation case in U.S. history,” according to the Detroit News. The arrests and indictments were made public Thursday.
The practice of FGM involves cutting away the clitoris, inner labia and outer labia to repress sexual desire and encourage fidelity. It is most often inflicted on girls 15 years old or younger.
Halfal is a U.S. citizen but Hariyanawala’s citizenship status isn’t known. Both women are members of a Muslim sect based in India known as the Dawaoodi Borha. Also indicted was Dr. Jumana Nagarwala who with others has subjected as many as 100 girls to FGM in the past 12 years, according to federal prosecutors.
Dan Homstad, Halfal’s attorney, said “this is a very complex case and there are a lot of cultural issues at play that the (Dawoodi Bohra) community up here is struggling with.”
Actually, FGM is no mere cultural issue, though Muslim defenders of the practice will undoubtedly claim otherwise. There are fundamental spiritual issues here that shape the way a society’s men view women.
It’s not unique to the Islamic religion, but FGM is mostly found in countries in Muslim-majority countries, according to the UN, which estimates that 200 million women and girls alive today were subjected to FGM. Expect to find FGM where women are viewed primarily as tools for satisfying men’s sexual lusts and reproductive preferences.
An estimated 92 percent of Egyptian women aged 15 to 49 were mutilated, according to a 2015 Egyptian government report cited by Jihad Watch’s Robert Spencer in the advanced text of a forthcoming book. The figure in Malaysia is 93 percent.
“These extraordinarily high rates are directly related to the encouragement that Muslim clerics give to the practice,” Spencer writes.
Outraged Americans should think twice before getting on their high horses because we have our own way of devaluing women — “cheap sex.” That’s also the title of sociologist Mark Regnerus’ new book, available from the Oxford University Press, which provides comprehensive, data-driven analyses of the consequences of the 1960’s sexual revolution….
But there was nothing cheap about how Jesus treated women. It was no coincidence that women first encountered Him after His resurrection, or that He encouraged them to go tell the (then-cowering male) disciples that He was alive, as He had promised He would be (See Luke 24)….
Read the rest here.