Can a new victorious president, ready to transform Turkey, sustain a Muslim modernity while bypassing the individual rights and liberties of women and gay citizens?
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Probably not. Islamic doctrine is not based on individual rights as we understand them in the West. The law of Islam, the sharia, rests on what is permitted and what is not permitted according to the Koran, the words of Allah, and the sunna, the words and deeds of Mohammed who lived in the 7th century.
Thus, the underpinning of Islamic law is tribal and collective and has not undergone an “enlightenment” due to the pronouncements of Allah, Mohammed and Islamic scholars that the ideology based on the source texts are holy and can’t be changed or debated and are for all places, all peoples and all times.
Why? Because the texts say so. It is circular reasoning but Islam is not based on rational thought but on revelation, or revealed pronouncements. So when the Koran states, as it does in Chapter 4:34 that husbands can beat their wives, this is sacred law and cannot be changed.
This is the sadness of Islam. This is the sadness I feel when I see courageous and feisty Muslim women trying so hard to change what cannot be changed, their lack of liberty and respect from men. So when Muslim countries stray from their doctrine and sharia law, women have more freedom. When pure Islam is practiced as by the Islamic State jihadis and in Afghanistan, women become a commodity, to be bought, sold, used and abused, like an animal.
Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, launched a verbal attack on media and women, on Thursday (7 August), after he branded the reputed journalist of The Economist, Amberin Zaman, a “shameless woman” and told her “to know her place”.
Speaking at an election campaign rally in southern Turkey on Thursday (7 August), Erdogan indirectly shamed Zaman by labelling her as a militant.
“A militant in the guise of a journalist, a shameless woman,” said Erdogan before adding, “They gave you a pen and you are writing a column in a newspaper… and you insult a society that is 99 percent Muslim.”
His comments were in direct response to Zaman’s remarks on a television debate earlier this week where she had questioned the leader of the main opposition in Turkey, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, asking him whether a “Muslim society is able to question” its authorities.
Since then, Zaman’s remarks have been condemned on social media by pro-government supporters as “insulting to Islam and Muslims”.
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And what place is that Mr. Erdogan? The place right after male children and right above the female children and the slaves?
Four women were killed at the hands of their husbands and brothers on Thursday in three separate regions in Turkey: Ankara, Uşak, and Giresun. With these killings, the total number of women murdered in 2014 has reached 169.
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A minister in Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s conservative government has outraged Turkey’s secular community by claiming that honest women should not laugh in public.
Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arınc also urged women and men to be chaste during a meeting of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) held during Turkey’s celebration of Eid, the day marking the end of Islam’s holy month of Ramadan.
“Chastity is so important. It is not only a name. It is an ornament for both women and men,” Arınc said, according to Hurriyet daily newspaper.
Praising traditional values, the 66-year-old politician listed some rules women should abide to, saying: “She will not laugh in public. She will not make display of her attractiveness.”
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He sounds like the Ayatollah Khomeini who said that there was no fun in Islam. These guys sound worried that they can’t keep their women on a leash. Are they afraid that “their” women will throw themselves at any man and ruin his honor? What a bunch of insecure maroons!
A man in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir called police to inform them that he was murdering his wife, just a day after she gave birth to her second daughter, according to exchanges from a court hearing into the case on June 4.
V.T., 29, killed his wife reportedly by electrocuting her head while she was sleeping in their home on Jan. 25.
M.T., 33[his wife], gave birth to her second daughter on Jan. 24 and was discharged from hospital a day later. Asleep due to fatigue, M.T. was killed by her husband, who allegedly used an electricity cable and gloves to protect himself from the voltage, daily Radikal reported.
Read the rest: Turkish Man Kills Wife for Birthing Another Daughter (h/t to Blazing Cat Fur)
Many of Turkey’s 3,249 missing children are now in the Far East, trapped as sex workers, the Lost Children Platform founder Yahya Durmaz said in an interview with daily Hurriyet. Durmaz, a businessman, founded the platform to find Turkey’s missing children, including around 2,800 girls, and reached out to thousands of volunteers in seven countries.
Read the rest: Missing Turkish Children: Many Sold into Sex Slavery.
A photograph of two bodies being dragged out of a pond with chains has caused even a greater outcry in Iraqi Kurdistan than the murder of the two young sisters involved.
“We intend to visit the Ministry of Internal Affairs to ask them about it,” says Parwa Ali, an MP in the Kurdistan parliament for the Change Movement (Gorran), the second-largest Kurdish party. “This is too terrible. It is clear that the police from top to bottom needs training.”
The bodies of two sisters (aged 16 and 18) were found in a pond in the Iraqi Kurdish town of Said Sadiq, some 50 kilometers from Sulaimani, Kurdistan’s second-biggest city. They had been missing for two weeks, after appearing in court to fight their family’s opposition to marrying men they had chosen themselves.
The police used chains to pull the bodies out of the water.
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The picture of the girls, floating face down, was shared on Facebook, which led to reactions of shock and disgust.
“It shows the low value (that) is given to women,” someone commented. The condemnations of the way the bodies were handled overshadowed those protesting the deaths.
“Honor killings” are a common feature in Iraqi Kurdistan, where women who are deemed to have dishonored the family by associating with men who are not immediate relatives are killed by a relative. Every year, there are hundreds of such murders, with victims often set on fire or forced into committing suicide
Read more: Murdered Girls in Turkey Dragged from Lake.
A 15-year-old girl in the southern province of Adana [Turkey} is believed to have killed herself to escape her husband’s violence, the Habertürk daily reported on Friday.
According to neighbors as reported by the daily, Emrah E., who is eight years older than child bride Kübra Ulaş, had kidnapped and raped the girl a year ago. Thereafter, Emrah E. threatened Ulaş’s family and demanded they allow him to marry Ulaş. Afraid, they agreed to the marriage.
Kübra Ulaş was frequently subjected to violence at the hand of her husband following their marriage nearly a year ago, say the couple’s neighbors. Emrah E. reportedly began beating Ulaş after losing his job. When Ulaş visited a hospital the next day, she was shocked to learn she had had a miscarriage caused by a kick to the stomach.
Read the rest: Child Bride Commits Suicide
Nevin Yildirim, 26, is now awaiting trial after murdering the man in her home in Yalvac, south-west Turkey last week.
The mother-of-two is five months pregnant with, she claims, her rapist’s child.
She is demanding authorities let her have an abortion even though she is four weeks beyond Turkey’s ten-week termination limit.
Yildirim said the man, Nurettin Gider, began assaulting her a few days after her husband left home in January to work a seasonal job in another town.
She claims he threatened her with a gun and said he would kill her children, aged two and six, if she did not keep silent, reports CNN.com.
The rapes continued over the next eight months until August 28, when Yildirim decided she had had enough.
On that day she shot Gider after he had climbed up the back wall of her house and then shot him again when he reached for his gun.
She said: ‘I chased him. He fell on the ground. He started swearing at me.
‘I shot his sexual organ this time. He became quiet. I knew he was dead. I then cut his head off.’
In total, Yildirim shot him ten times, including several times in his groin region. He was also reportedly stabbed in the abdomen after he was shot.
She then carried his head, which was dripping blood, by the hair to the village square at Yalvac, onlookers said.
Read the rest here: Woman in Turkey Decapitates Her Rapist. (h/t to The Muslim Issue blog)