Rape jihad refers to the organized abduction, rape and/or enslavement of non-Muslim women or children[1] by Islamic extremists. The term was used as early as 2004 in descriptions of Darfur and Beslan,[2] and has since been applied to more recent incidents.[3][4][5][6][7]

Justification Edit

It has been claimed that disparaging attitudes toward non-Muslim women and girls are promoted in some mosques[8] and that sexual predation of them is supported in religious text[9] as a form of sexual slavery sanctioned in Koranic scriptures, such as suras 4:24 and 33:50, in which sex is permitted with "Ma malakat aymanukum" (captive women).[10]

In its digital magazine, Dabiq, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) explicitly claimed religious justification for enslaving Yazidi women (see section following). Specifically, ISIL argued that the Yazidi were idol worshipers and appealed to the shariah practice of spoils of war.[11][12][13][14][15][16][17] ISIL asserts that certain Hadith and Koranic verses support their right to enslave and rape captive non-Muslim women.[18][19][14] ISIL appealed to apocalyptic beliefs and "claimed justification by a Hadith that they interpret as portraying the revival of slavery as a precursor to the end of the world."[20] According to Dabiq, "enslaving the families of the kuffar and taking their women as concubines is a firmly established aspect of the Sharia’s that if one were to deny or mock, he would be denying or mocking the verses of the Qur'an and the narration of the Prophet … and thereby apostatizing from Islam."[18][21] In late 2014 ISIL released a pamphlet that focused on the treatment of female slaves.[22][23][24] It says fighters are allowed to have sex with adolescent girls and to beat slaves as discipline. The pamphlet's guidelines also allow fighters to trade slaves, including for sex, as long as they have not been impregnated by their owner.[22][23][24]

Rape in warEdit


Rape has accompanied warfare in virtually every known historical era.[25] Mass rape of both women or youths regardless of gender was among the punitive measures that might be taken against captured towns by Greek, Persian, or Roman troops.[26] Female slavery and war rapes were also common during the medieval Arab slave trade, where prisoners of war captured in battle from non-Arab lands often ended up as concubine slaves (who are considered free when their master dies).[27] During the Islamic Golden Age, some Muslim jurists writing on military jurisprudence advocated severe penalties for rebels who use "stealth attacks" and practice abductions, poisoning of water wells, arson, attacks against wayfarers and travelers, assaults under the cover of night and rape.[28]

The Lieber Code of 1863 codified the protection of civilians and stated that "all rape...[is] prohibited under the penalty of death"[29] and subsequent laws of war and humanitarian law have made maltreatment of civilians criminal.[30] Slavery was formally abolished in nearly all countries by the mid 20th century,[31][32] though in the 21st century some Muslim scholars[33] have expressed concern at a "worrying trend" of conservative Salafi Islamic scholars "reopening" the issue of slavery after its "closing" earlier in the 20th century when Muslim countries banned slavery and "most Muslim scholars" found the practice "inconsistent with Qur'anic morality."[34][35]


In 2014, the ISIL raided Yazidi settlements in Iraq, massacring the men and selling the women into sexual slavery.[36]

Boko Haram Edit

In April 2014, during a raid on Chibok, Boko Haram, an Islamic Jihadist and terrorist organization based in northeast Nigeria, took prisoner several hundred Christian schoolgirls, who, after efforts to secure their release were ineffective, were sold in slave auctions to prospective husbands and forcibly converted to Islam.[37][38][39] In May, a video in which Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau claimed responsibility for the kidnappings emerged; he claimed, "Allah instructed me to sell them...I will carry out his instructions."[40] and "Slavery is allowed in my religion, and I shall capture people and make them slaves."[41] He said the girls should not have been in school and instead should have been married since girls as young as nine are suitable for marriage.[40][41]

Darfur Edit

Throughout the ongoing genocide in the Darfur war in Sudan, there has been a systematic campaign of rape,[2] which has been used as a weapon of war, in the ethnic cleansing of black Africans from the region.[42][43][44] The majority of rapes have been carried out by the Sudanese government forces and the Janjaweed ("evil men on horseback")[45] paramilitary groups.[46][47] The actions of the Janjaweed have been described as genocidal rape, with not just women, but children also being raped, as well as babies being bludgeoned to death and the sexual mutilation of victims being commonplace.[48][49]

Rape in Scandinavian countriesEdit

See also: Jacques Martin, "Scandinavian countries face increasing numbers of rape," EU Times (April 4, 2008).


See also: Nicolai Sennels, "Rape jihad in Denmark: More than half of all convicted rapists have immigrant backgrounds. Iraqis, Iranians, Turks and Somalis dramatically overrepresented…," Jihad Watch (July 23, 2012).


According to official statistics, 27.0% of rapes have been committed by foreigners in Finland, who comprise 2.2% of population[50] In contrast, the rape support helpline Tukinainen reports that 6% of all callers and 11% of 10–20-year-old callers say that the rapist was a foreigner.[51] Additionally, Finnish rapists are more likely to be known personally by the victim, increasing the threshold to report. Furthermore, there are great asymmetries between nationalities of rapists.[52]

According to a study done by Martti Lehti et al (2014), 28 percent of the suspects for crimes associated with rape were first generation immigrants while second generation immigrants formed a little less than 1 percent. The number of crimes per immigrant who lives in Finland is almost eight times as high as that of native Finns when looking at rape related crimes. It was also stated that the immigrants originating from Africa and Middle East commit the highest levels of crimes, with the level being seventeen times as high as that of native Finns. The offenses committed by the immigrant groups most often target the natives of the area.[53]


See also: Bruce Bawer, "Oslo's Epidemic of Rape," FrontPage Magazine (October 28, 2011).


During the period 1997–2001, 25% of the almost 1,520,000 offenses for which a perpetrator was convicted were committed by people born in the Middle East or Eastern Europe, while almost 20% were committed by people with a foreign background who were born in Sweden. Those from North Africa and the Middle East were also overrepresented.[54]

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Child sexual exploitationEdit

UK grooming cases Edit

Widespread organized child sexual abuse took place in many places throughout England, dating from 1997,[1][10][55][56][57] in which it was conservatively estimated that 1,400 children had been sexually abused in the city, predominantly by gangs of British-Pakistani men. Abuses described included abduction, rape, torture and sex trafficking of children.[56][58][59][60][61][62]

See also: Pamela Geller, "The UK's Rape Jihad: A Survivor's Tale," Breitbart (May 22, 2015).

See also Edit

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