Rape jihad (Arabic: تحرش جنسي, taharrush jinsi; sexual harassment) refers to the organized abduction, rape and/or enslavement of non-Muslim women or children by adherents of Islam. The term was used as early as 2004 in descriptions of Darfur and Beslan, and has since been applied to more recent incidents. The largest case of rape jihad in Europe was at New Years Evening 2015 in Cologne, Germany.
It has been claimed that disparaging attitudes toward non-Muslim women and girls are promoted in some mosques and that sexual predation of them is supported in religious text as a form of sexual slavery sanctioned in Koranic texts, such as suras 4:24 and 33:50, in which sex is permitted with "Ma malakat aymanukum" (captive women).
In its digital magazine, Dabiq, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) explicitly claimed "religious" justification for enslaving Yazidi women (see section following). Specifically, ISIL argued that the Yazidi were idol worshipers and appealed to the shariah practice of spoils of war. ISIL asserts that certain Hadith and Quranic verses support their right to enslave and rape captive non-Muslim women. ISIL appealed to apocalyptic beliefs and "claimed justification by a Hadith that they interpret as portraying the revival of slavery as a precursor to the end of the world." According to Dabiq, "enslaving the families of the kuffar and taking their women as concubines is a firmly established aspect of the Sharia’s that if one were to deny or mock, he would be denying or mocking the verses of the Qur'an and the narration of the Prophet … and thereby apostatizing from Islam." In late 2014 ISIL released a pamphlet that focused on the treatment of female slaves. It says fighters are allowed to have sex with adolescent girls and to beat slaves as discipline. The pamphlet's guidelines also allow fighters to trade slaves, including for sex, as long as they have not been impregnated by their owner.
In recent times, those who engage in rape jihad justify and excuse their actions by viewing their victims as little more than "pieces of meat" and by disparaging them and making false claims about their victims' virtue, claiming that their victims "asked for it" even though they did not.
Rape in war
For a more detailed treatment, see History of rape.
Rape has accompanied warfare in virtually every known historical era. Mass rape of both women or youths regardless of gender was among the punitive measures that might be taken against captured towns by Greek, Persian, or Roman troops. Female slavery and war rapes were also common during the medieval Arab slave trade, where prisoners of war captured in battle from non-Arab lands often ended up as concubine slaves (who are considered free when their master dies). During the Islamic Golden Age, some Muslim jurists writing on military jurisprudence advocated severe penalties for rebels who use "stealth attacks" and practise abductions, poisoning of water wells, arson, attacks against wayfarers and travellers, assaults under the cover of night and rape.
The Lieber Code of 1863 codified the protection of civilians and stated that "all rape...[is] prohibited under the penalty of death" and subsequent laws of war and humanitarian law have made maltreatment of civilians criminal. Slavery was formally abolished in nearly all countries by the mid 20th century, though in the 21st century some Muslim scholars have expressed concern at a "worrying trend" of conservative Salafi Islamic scholars "reopening" the issue of slavery after its "closing" earlier in the 20th century when Muslim countries banned slavery and "most Muslim scholars" found the practice "inconsistent with Qur'anic morality."
Siege of Vienna
During the Siege of Vienna of 1683 historical accounts report men were slaughtered by Turkish Muslims and women raped.
- See: Iraq insurgency
For a more detailed treatment, see Chibok schoolgirls kidnapping.
In April 2014, during a raid on Chibok, Boko Haram, an Islamic Jihadist and terrorist organization based in northeast Nigeria, took prisoner several hundred Christian schoolgirls, who, after efforts to secure their release were ineffective, were sold in slave auctions to prospective husbands and forcibly converted to Islam. In May, a video in which Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau claimed responsibility for the kidnappings emerged; he claimed, "Allah instructed me to sell them...I will carry out his instructions." and "Slavery is allowed in my religion, and I shall capture people and make them slaves." He said the girls should not have been in school and instead should have been married since girls as young as nine are suitable for marriage.
For a more detailed treatment, see Rape during the Darfur genocide.
Throughout the ongoing genocide in the Darfur war in Sudan, there has been a systematic campaign of rape, which has been used as a weapon of war, in the ethnic cleansing of black Africans from the region.Template:SfnTemplate:SfnTemplate:Sfn The majority of rapes have been carried out by the Sudanese government forces and the Janjaweed ("evil men on horseback")Template:Sfn paramilitary groups.Template:SfnTemplate:Sfn The actions of the Janjaweed have been described as genocidal rape, with not just women, but children also being raped, as well as babies being bludgeoned to death and the sexual mutilation of victims being commonplace.Template:SfnTemplate:Sfn
Child sexual exploitation
For a more detailed treatment, see Child sex trade.
UK grooming cases
Widespread organized child sexual abuse took place in many places throughout England, dating from 1997, in which it was conservatively estimated that 1,400 children had been sexually abused in the city, predominantly by gangs of British-Pakistani men. Abuses described included abduction, rape, torture and sex trafficking of children.
Racist and misogynistic motivation
Adherents of Islam who engage in rape jihad are frequently motivated by racism and misogyny in their attacks on women (particularly white women), in efforts to humiliate them in perverse and disgusting fashion and to bring them down below their level - a tactic which dates back to the time of Mohammed, who directed his followers to engage in such behavior. Because of the racially and ideologically-motivated efforts of leftist politicians in the United Kingdom, other European countries and Australia to go out of their way to make Islam a "protected class" (including by allowing its adherents to do as they please and not prosecuting them, or even arresting them, for crimes they commit), women in those countries have been doubly victimized by both Islamic rapists and by leftist criminals in public office who provide cover for the rapists.
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