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 "The Salman Rushdie of Iraqi Kurdistan" sentenced to jail for blasphemy

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"The Salman Rushdie of Iraqi Kurdistan" sentenced to jail for blasphemy  9.1.2008





January 9, 2008

OSLO, Norway, -- The Kurdish author of "Sex, Sharia and Women in the History of Islam," who lives in Norway, was sentenced in absentia in Iraqi Kurdistan to prison for blasphemy.

A court in Halabja sentenced Mariwan Halabjaee to six months behind bars for claiming in his book the prophet Mohammed had 19 wives, married a 9-year-old when he was 54 and committed murder and rape, Aftenposten said Tuesday.

The allegedly "blasphemous" book, Sex, Sharia and Women in the History of Islam, is about how Islam is allegedly used to oppress women. "I wanted to prove how oppressed women are in Islam and that they have no rights," said Halabjaee.
www.ekurd.net "My book is based on Islamic sources such as the Holly Qur'an, Muslim and Bukhari books and many more."

Halabjaee was forced to obtain political asylum in Norway after the Islamic League of Kurdistan issued a "conditional" fatwa to kill him if he did not repent and apologize for writing his book.     

Mariwan Halabjaee, the writer of Sex, Sharia and Women in the History of Islam
 The "conditional" nature of the fatal fatwa was uncertain. Halabjaee reported that "the mullahs and scholars said if I go to them and apologize they will give me 80 lashes and then refer me to the fatwa committee to decide if I am to be beheaded. They might forgive me, they might not."

Halabjaee received telephone calls saying, "Now, in 10 years or 15 years, we will kill you." Another time, Halabjaee reported, "the Islamists said once from the radio, if they found out where I was,
www.ekurd.net they would blow themselves up with me." The worse thing was realizing that his wife and children were in danger. "With that book I wanted to defend women but the first thing I did was hurt my wife." As a result, Halabjaye went into hiding with his pregnant wife and three children.

Halabjaee has been hiding out in Norway, where he has been granted asylum, for about 18 months.

The author of 14 books said he has received death threats and been told there is a fatwa demanding he be put to death unless he seeks forgiveness.

"Norway has protected me against the terrorists and I hope to be able to play a role in this democratic system. But I am alone and feel imprisoned. I have little contact with people and have to move carefully. Even if I have lived here a year and a half, no cultural or other organizations have contacted me," Halabjaee said.

UPI | Agencies  

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