Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Kurds share a dangerous abusive practice with societies in Africa

Amit R. Paley of the Washington Post Foreign Service has a story on Monday, Dec. 29, 2008 about female circumcision in Kurdistan, in northern Iraq (and eastern Turkey). The practice is better known in Africa, and is seen as a way men in a patriarchal society remain in “control” (the article is a bit more explicit). The story illustrates a family in Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq. The story appears on page A09 Monday and has this link. The title of the story is "For Kurdish Girls, a Painful Ancient Ritual: The Widespread Practice of Female Circumcision in Iraq's North Highlights The Plight of Women in a Region Often Seen as More Socially Progressive."

The practice does not occur in the Sunni or Shiite parts of Iraq, or in other major Muslim countries in the Middle East, even though these societies are often tribal and patriarchal in nature. There does not seem to be any justification for it in Islam.

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