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Monday, 11 February 2013

The beheading of an Afghan girl a “cultural” or Islamic “phenomenon” (or both)?



   
In Konduz, Afghanistan, in November 2012, two men were arrested in connection with the beheading of a 14-year-old girl. A spokesperson said that a preliminary investigation revealed that the two suspects had asked the girl's parents if one of them could marry her. Both the girl and her parents reportedly rejected the proposal.

The month before, a 20-year-old Afghan woman was beheaded in Herat Province, reportedly for refusing to work as a prostitute. Four suspects, including the victim's husband and in-laws, were arrested for that killing.
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This is life for most Afghan women. This is the nature of “honour-killings” and other crimes against women motived primarily – but admittedly not completely – by Islam.

Western Muslims, leftists, left-liberals, etc., tell us that “honour-killings”, etc. are a "cultural phenomenon" and not anything to do with Islam. (How would the average Western Leftist or Liberal know anyway?)

There is a problem with this very convenient and trite soundbite-of-a-distinction.

How can that distinction be made in countries which have, in many instances, been Islamic for 1000 or more years? (This is true of the peoples in Afghanistan.) In what way, exactly, has that cultural-versus-religious (Islamic) distinction been made by the Muslims who actually live in these countries themselves? (Rather than by the enablers of Islam and Muslims in the West.) 

In any case, Islam is a cultural phenomenon. This makes this bogus distinction all the more artificial and ideologically-motivated.

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