Is the Islamic culture dangerous for women

"Basic Islamist Knowledge for Women": Legitimation of Murder and Violence

A book with dangerous messages in times of increasing violence against women

"What do the Islamist Milli-Görüs-Gemeinschaft (IGMG), a German Salafist shop and the internet giant Amazon have in common?" Asks the Austrian Volksblatt provocative. The answer is: to publish a book that legitimizes violence against women and murder in the name of Islam.

The publication of the book "Ilmihal - Basic Islamic Knowledge for Women" became known by chance via a Muslim Facebook group, which was controversially discussing the book. The administrator of the closed Facebook group called it "frightening what was going on in the minds of the authors, mainly because it should also be criminally relevant".

The book was published in German by the Uysal publishing house in Istanbul. The authors are the Islamic scholar Asim Uysal and his wife Mürside, who died last year. It was also sold through Amazon, among others.

[Update: As Amazon announced to the Telepolis editorial team, the book is no longer available on Amazon.]

Initial comments from buyers explicitly warn against the book. "This book contains highly dangerous messages!", It says in a comment, in which it is noted that the book is supposedly distributed in Germany and Austria by the Islamist-Turkish Milli-Görüs movement.

Like the author of the media report, the book reviewers bitterly noticed the sentence:

"Anyone who insults or insults the Prophet, or who in any way badges his religion, must be killed"

This brings to mind the case of the French teacher Samuel Paty, who was cruelly murdered by an Islamist fanatic last autumn. In class, he had explained ideas and principles of freedom of expression based on Mohammed caricatures, whereupon, based on a fatal false statement by a schoolgirl, a hate speech and hatred campaign with a participant from the Islamist preaching scene and "remote advice" by jihadists in the Syrian Idlib developed. which led to the murder of the teacher.

In the book "Ilmihal for women - Islamic basic knowledge for women" is the sentence quoted above with the request to kill according to the report in the Austrian Volksblatt on page 177. A particular harshness is added by the addition that even the offender of religion does not repent help:

"If he repents and shows repentance, his repentance is accepted by Allah, he still has to be killed. He must not be given time to reflect. He must (be) killed, regardless of whether he repents and repents."

"It's unbelievable that this book is being sold on Amazon," said a customer review. But it is also sold in Turkish bookstores such as Wiesbaden.

The Islamist community Milli-Görüs (IGMG) sold the book through its online book club "Kitap Kulübü", which is registered in Cologne. The advertising for the book was deleted after the Austrian Volksblatt had already reported on the contents of the book last week. In an article, the Austrian Minister for Integration and Women's Affairs, Susanne Raab (ÖVP), expressed her horror at the book, which legitimizes violence against women and murder.

"Light hitting allowed"

According to the book, part of the "basic Islamic knowledge for women" is that a wife has to endure domestic violence if she opposes the man: "If a woman rebels against her husband, the Koran allows the husband to take his last measure Chastise woman. " If, in the man's opinion, a woman does not behave correctly in public, "... the husband is allowed to hit her lightly".

However, the man should "leave no traces of hitting," the quotes Volksblatt from the book. It is forbidden to hit "the head, face, chest or stomach." He was also not allowed to hit the woman for trivialities. What is meant by this is left to the interpretation of the man. The women learn: "... the point of this approach is not to hit the woman, but to get her to change her wrongdoing."

Because the best wife is the one who pleases the man who he looks at her and who obeys him when he tells her something.

Ban required

In Turkey and Germany, Turkish and Kurdish women are trying to draw attention to the increasing violence against women. In a signature campaign 100 reasons to condemn the dictator, they accuse the Turkish government of the misogynistic policies of the Turkish government with exemplary biographies of 100 women and girls who have been murdered because of his politics since Erdogan's assumption of power in 2002.

But conservative politicians are also appalled: MEP Monika Hohlmeier (CSU) calls for a "ban on books with Islamist content that encourage the killing of people and violence and oppression of women". It is an indirect call for terrorist attacks if the murder of critics of Islamist interpretations of Islam is called.

Hohlmeier pleaded for a ban on those organizations that distribute this book - which can actually only mean Milli Görüs and Ditib, because the "Turkish version is (in the same layout as the German) by both the Turkish religious authority Diyanet and its German branch Ditib offered ". The book could also be found in the Umma shop of the Salafist organization Ansaar International in Düsseldorf.

Femicide in Turkey

At the beginning of March, a video from Samsun / Turkey was distributed via social media in which a man on the street was continuously beating and kicking his unconscious wife, who was lying on the floor. The 5-year-old daughter is standing by and crying all the time "Mama" and tries to stop the father all the time.

Also at the beginning of March this year, the case of 35-year-old Ayten K. from Diyarbakir, who according to the authorities is believed to have hanged herself, became known. However, her body was covered with bruises. Unusual symptoms of a stranded death. The autopsy revealed bruises on the woman's body three days old, from the very day when Ayten K.'s husband, a seasonal worker, was at home. The woman's family believe that her husband was murdered, but the public prosecutor closed the file anyway.

In the last year alone, 300 feminicides were registered, but the number of unreported cases is likely to exceed this number.

Discussion about withdrawing from the Istanbul Convention

In 2011 the Council of Europe adopted the Istanbul Convention, a convention to prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence. The signatory states have committed to creating the framework for combating violence against women.

In 2012, the Turkish government ratified the convention and incorporated it into law to prevent violence against women and protect the family. In fact, however, the legal norms of the Istanbul Convention do not apply, on the contrary. An exit is currently being discussed.

Because the convention interferes with the progressive Islamization of Turkey. In early 2020, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited the head of the arch-conservative Muslim brotherhood Ismailaga. The convention regards this as an "attack on Islamic values". And these values ​​are, as the circle closes again with the Islamist book, glorifying violence and misogyny.

The fact that this book was published not only in Turkish but also in German should make the German authorities, who have so far held their protective hand over Ditib and Milli Görüs, sit up and take notice.

Because the book is probably aimed at German-speaking Muslim converts. It is worth remembering the young women from Germany who converted to Islam and ended up with IS (Islamic State) in Syria and Iraq. (Elke Dangeleit)

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