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'Slavery For Dummies': ISIS Releases Pamphlet Explaining How To Treat Female Sex Slaves

| by Jared Keever

The Islamic State, the group commonly referred to as ISIS, has released a pamphlet, spelling out the group’s rules regarding the treatment of female slaves. 

The Middle East Media Research Institute, or MEMRI, reports the group released the pamphlet in the wake of public outcry over its treatment of Yazidi girls and women who were reported to have been taken as sex slaves earlier this year. 

ISIS is believed to have kidnapped more than 2,500 Yazidi women from their villages in the northern part of Iraq.

Yazidis are members of a cultural group that practice an ancient religion with ties to Zoroastrianism, Islam and Christianity. Most are ethnically Kurdish, but have been singled out by ISIS as heretics because of their faith, according to a report from The Guardian

This summer, ISIS drove a number of Yazidis from their homes, breaking up families and kidnapping women and children. Some reports indicate as many as 4,600 women and children are missing. 

Many of those missing are suspected to have been bussed to ISIS-controlled cities like Mosul in Iraq, or Raqqa in Syria, and sold into slavery. 

Earlier this month ISIS’s “Research and Fatwa Department” released the pamphlet said to set down rules for the treatment of those slaves. The Daily Beast refers to the pamphlet, with its rules laid out in a question-and-answer format, as a “kind of ‘Slavery for Dummies.’” The rules are said to be derived from Sharia law, a strict form of Islamic religious law enforced by ISIS. 

The manual gives religious justification as answers to questions about when sex is or is not permissible with a female captive. 

For instance, the pamphlet says: “It is permissible to have sexual intercourse with the female captive. Allah the almighty said: ‘[Successful are the believers] who guard their chastity, except from their wives or (the captives and slaves) that their right hands possess, for then they are free from blame [Koran 23:5-6]’…”

The pamphlet also gives permission for captors to have sex with pre-pubescent girls.

“It is permissible to have intercourse with the female slave who hasn't reached puberty if she is fit for intercourse; however if she is not fit for intercourse, then it is enough to enjoy her without intercourse,” one answer reads. 

The manual goes on to spell out rules about the buying and reselling of female slaves and what to do should a slave become pregnant. 

Many have denounced ISIS and its radical brand of Islamic law. In September a group of Muslim scholars, including Sheikh Shawqi Allam, the grand mufti of Egypt, and Sheikh Muhammad Ahmad Hussein, the mufti of Jerusalem and All Palestine, issued a letter declaring the group’s practices to be un-Islamic.

“It is forbidden in Islam to ignore the reality of contemporary times when deriving legal rulings,” the letter read. 

It is unclear if that letter prompted the recent release of the pamphlet on female captives. 

Sources: MEMRIThe GuardianThe Daily Beast

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