Khaled Abou El Fadl on "ISIS and the Enslavement and Trafficking of Women," UCLA School of Law, 4.9.2015

Since the development of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) in 2014, there has been much debate within the media about whether ISIS is “Islamic” or not. Stories about ISIS policies towards women and slavery and statistics of women leaving their home countries to join ISIS as “jihadi brides” have proliferated in the news media. Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl, who is one of the world’s leading authorities on Islamic law, will be analyzing the salient issues of ISIS’s enslavement of and trafficking in women in the context of the normative discourses of Islam and will demonstrate that ISIS ideology and practice is not only considered anathema in Islam, but directly contravenes the ethical pulse and purposes of Islamic law.

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