ISIS treats “women the way we are required to by Islamic law, not human law”

Oct 12th, 2016 | By | Category: News Posts
he mother of Christina, the 3 year-old Assyrian girl kidnapped by ISIS, shortly after arriving in Ankawa from Baghdede.

he mother of Christina, the 3 year-old Assyrian girl kidnapped by ISIS, shortly after arriving in Ankawa from Baghdede.

In cities across the Middle East, women, mostly Christians and Yazidis, are being kidnapped and held captive by members of ISIS. These women are raped, tortured, and murdered because of their religious and ethnic backgrounds. Sulome Anderson, from Foreign Policy Magazine, traveled to meet with women who survived ISIS’s brutality and ISIS leaders to find out “Why exactly do Islamic State members commit such vile atrocities against women? What mental processes do they go through that lead them to a place where women can be bought and sold like sheep?”

One part of her interview is below. Find the full article here.

I purposefully twirl a piece of my hair around my index finger. I am aware that the prisoner, as a member of an organization that insists on the complete submission of women, is likely fighting back fury at the sight of an unveiled woman looking at him without fear.

“Tell me about your wife,” I begin. “How did you treat her?”

“My wife completely covered her body and face and never left the house without me,” he replies sullenly. I don’t know how much encouragement he received from his captors before speaking with me, but he seems healthy and uninjured. “She is forbidden from going anywhere without me.”

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 “What if that were your mother?” I ask him, trying to keep my voice even. “How would you feel about your mother being sold as a slave and raped, or even if she was Sunni, being married off to several of your friends?”

That gets a response. When he looks me in the face, the overwhelming hatred in his expression is utterly chilling.

“Even if it were my mother, that is Islamic sharia law and I would not mind because it would be for the jihad,” he says finally. “We treat women the way we are required to by Islamic law, not human law. This is how they are supposed to live. They are second-class humans.”

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