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Facts and controversies on female genital mutilation and Islam.

Eur J Contracept Reprod Health Care. 2013 Feb;18(1):10-4. doi: 10.3109/13625187.2012.749982. Epub 2013 Jan 4.

Facts and controversies on female genital mutilation and Islam.

Rouzi AA.

ABSTRACT

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. aarouzi@gmail.com Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a very ancient traditional and cultural ritual. Strategies and policies have been implemented to abandon this practice. However, despite commendable work, it is still prevalent, mainly in Muslim countries. FGM predates Islam. It is not mentioned in the Qur’an (the verbatim word of God in Islam). Muslim religious authorities agree that all types of mutilation, including FGM, are condemned. ‘Sensitivity’ to cultural traditions that erroneously associate FGM with Islam is misplaced. The principle of ‘do no harm’, endorsed by Islam, supersedes cultural practices, logically eliminating FGM from receiving any Islamic religious endorsement.

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