The Islamic State released guidelines for how militants are supposed to treat their female slaves. The October/November 2014 leaflet tells IS followers that “unbelieving” women can be bought, sold and abused.
“"What makes al-sabi permissible [ie what makes it permissible to take such a woman captive] is [her] unbelief. Unbelieving [women] who were captured and brought into the abode of Islam are permissible to us, after the imam distributes them," the pamphlet prescribes, according to an English translation.
"It is permissible to have sexual intercourse with the female captive," it continues. "Allah the almighty said: [Successful are the believers] who guard their chastity, except from their wives or (the captives and slaves) that their right hands possess, for then they are free from blame [Qur'an 23:5-6]."
The pamphlet also says that intercourse with a female slave who hasn’t reached puberty is “permissible.” Beating is also allowed, but torture is not.
Charlie Winter, a researcher for Quillam, a counter-extremism think tank, said the latest guidelines from ISIS are “abhorrent.”
“The roots of this document can easily be traced back to some of Islamic State's most active propagandists, something that leaves little doubt in my mind about its credibility," he told The Independent.
"The content, while it is abhorrent and shocking, is not surprising – we know that IS ideologues have justified and legitimated slavery in past publications."
Publication date: December 15, 2014
Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.