[quote author=“Elizabeth K” date=“1209356612]I have trouble imagining what that must have sounded like. Was he saying that there is a female apologist who he respected who says she is in favor of female circumcision? Or was he saying he is in favor of female genital mutilation himself? I had not heard either one of those statements… ever, altho I am not seriously immersed in the debate… if there is one.
He said that in response to one question that has been asked by a female/attendee after the reading was over. No he was not in support of the practice, he was criticing her and that’s fine and dundy. I think just as he stated several examples of males that are for islam’s idiologies or against them from the east and west, for fairness sake he should have done the same for the female counter part, first he didn’t even mention a single name during the reading, and when that lady, probably out of concern stood up and asked, he took the crapiest example he could probably come up with, and this probably says more about his primitive make up than about the assertiveness of the female community in the arab muslim world.
I understand that in at least one culture, it is the elder women of the group who commit the mutilation on young girls…. and also I agree with your statement earlier, that it is a cultural custom, and has nothing to do with the Koran.
My arabic is very poor but the sourate that speaks about females mentions nothing of female circumcision, it speaks about flogging and all kinds of trashcan material but nothing about circumcision. I have relatives spread all over the muslim world including Saudi Arabia, I don’t know of a single one that practices female circumcision.
According to one online document, based on a few minutes of research 10 minutes ago, there are excuses and justification galore in societies that practice Female Genital Cutting (FGC)
There are many societies outside of sub-Saharan Africa where versions of female genital mutilation are practiced, and even in the UN there are obstacles to effecting change. The article cites Haditha, not the Koran, as the authority;
As far as I know hadith/ coran clearly commands males circumcision, there is no way out of that, it’s a must for any muslim male but not females.
the article is easy to read and heavily footnoted.
I will take a look, thank you.
But I think it’s a strange, brutal custom to circumcise male children, too.
You are absolutely right, it is barberic even for boys, you should read this chapter (if you haven’t already) in Hitchens’ “god is not Great” where as result of investigations he’s done, he states the reason why jews circumcise the boys as to tame and basically put a leach on their sexual pleasure when they grow up!!!!! and I bet the same also goes for muslims and the christians that do, muslims claim it’s for purification reason, but purification from what? the kids are just kids, they are not sexually active yet and won’t be before years if not decades. The more one learns about religious grabage and the more outrage sets in, that’s probably why none of them like to be scrutinized about anything, they know the underneath layers to their entire systems are made out of nothing but filth.