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 Islamic Mullah accuses Iraqi Kurdish women activists of blasphemy 

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Islamic Mullah accuses Iraqi Kurdish women activists of blasphemy  4.1.2011  
By Saman Basharati

January 4, 2011

ERBIL-Hewlęr, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — Thirteen Iraqi Kurdish women's rights activists fear for their lives and have complained to the police after a well-known Mullah has accused them of "blasphemy and demoralizing Kurdish society" in a recent controversial pamphlet.

The pamphlet, entitled "A Lost Truth," was distributed by Mullah Farman Kharabaiy of Majidawa Mosque, a mosque in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan.

The pamphlet focuses on women's rights issues in Kurdish society, but more specifically targets Iraqi Kurdish women’s rights activists and their push for gender equality in the region, an issue which has been under the spotlight in recent weeks as a hot topic of discussion in the Kurdish parliament.

In his pamphlet, Kharabaiy claims that the issue has been widely used by women’s rights activists "as a business to get rich."                

The cover of Mullah Kharabaiy's pamphlet, --A Lost Truth,-- which criticizes Kurdish women's rights activists
The activists targeted in the pamphlet have now lodged a complaint with the Erbil police, because they view the pamphlet as a direct "threat to their lives."

However, Kharabaiy defends his words merely as critical literature.

“The pamphlet does not include any defamation or libel,” said Kharabaiy in an interview with Rudaw. “It is simply research conducted on some of the writings published by Kurdish women activists defending women's rights. I wanted these women writers to regret their opinions; it is because of them that divorce has increased and more women burn themselves to death [in Kurdistan].”

Taman Shakir, a writer and women’s rights activist who was named in Kharabaiy's pamphlet, says she believes the pamphlet is "dangerous" for the women writers mentioned in it,
www.ekurd.netand so she is urging the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to protect them.

“There is a threat to the lives of those named in the pamphlet,” said Ms. Shakir. “The government needs to draw a line in the sand for those Mullahs who are using their religious status to target journalists and women's rights organizations.”

Ms. Shakir added that she and her colleagues had been accused of being “ultra-feminists” who encouraged “prostitution, homosexual marriage and antagonism to Islam” in Kurdish society.

Khanim Rahim, director of women's rights organization Asuda,
and another activist disparaged by Kharabaiy in the pamphlet, said she saw the recent religious publication as an inspiration for terrorism.

"The pamphlet could lead terrorist groups to target those writers and activists [named in the pamphlet], because, according to Mullah Kharabaiy's pamphlet, all the problems facing women [here] are because of the writings of those activists," said Ms. Rahim.

Aso Hassan, the official in Kurdistan’s Ministry of Culture and Youth in charge of public libraries, said Kharabaiy had only been permitted to publish 1,500 copies of his pamphlet.

“But he published 15,000,” said Hassan. “He was supposed to print them at the Education Ministry’s [official] printer, but he didn’t."

A spokesman for the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs, Mariwan Naqishbandi, told Rudaw that the ministry had asked Kharabaiy to discuss the matter with them.

Naqishbandi said Kharabaiy was a civil servant with the ministry, and therefore he had been warned that he had a responsibility in regard to the lives of the women he had named and targeted in his pamphlet.

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