Always keep in mind that female genital mutilation has nothing to do with Islam; Â but “permissible” means absolutely essential, that’s why 99.9% of muslim females in Egypt have to make do without. Â Devout muslims Â are very concerned about the few who missed out and are sharpening their razor blades. Western feminists who are looking for ‘sex under the burqa’- Â or other thrills that ‘break that glass ceiling’- what is holding you back? Go for it, don’t miss out!
Earlier this week, Egypt’s Tahrir News conductedÂ an interviewÂ with Dr. Amina Kamal, advisor to President Morsi on Women’s Affairs, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice party, and a member of the Constituent Assembly.
The discussion about female circumcision, or female genital mutilation, is causing some controversy. When asked what advice she would give to President Morsi concerning this practice, she said she would tell him that it should only be performed when the girl reaches puberty, and that it is wrong to perform it, as sometimes happens, when the girl is only seven or eight years old.
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Despite coming off somewhat neutral at times, saying for instance that the practice is not strictly Islamic, although it is permissible, at one point she asserted that those girls who do not have the operation performed are “lacking in faith [iman].”
Criticism naturally followedâ€”including from Egypt’s National Council for Women, which condemned Kamal’s remarks as “against the dignity of Egyptian women”â€”and Kamal now denies making the comment.
Egyptian female politicians talking about how women are “lacking” is becoming commonplace. Earlier, for example, another female political candidate associated with the Salafi party said thatÂ women are lacking in “intelligence.”
Raymond IbrahimÂ is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and an Associate Fellow at the Middle East Forum.