“Islam and slavery – – The persistence of history – – Islamic State’s revival of slavery, extreme though it is, finds disquieting echoes across the Arab world”

http://www.economist.com/news/international/21661812-islamic-states-revival-slavery-extreme-though-it-finds-disquieting-echoes-across

I listened to this disturbing article yesterday.

Excerpt:  But while IS’s embrace of outright slavery has been singled out for censure, religious and political leaders have been more circumspect about other “slave-like” conditions prevalent across the region.  IS’s targeting of an entire sect for kidnapping, killing and sex trafficking, and its bragging, are exceptional; forced labour for sexual and other forms of exploitation is not . . . Scholars are sharply divided over how much cultural mores are to blame.  Apologists say that, in a concession to the age, the Prophet Muhammad tolerated slavery, but—according to a prominent American theologian trained in Salifi seminaries, Yasir Qadhi—he did so grudgingly and advocated abolition . . .Other scholars insist, however, that IS’s treatment of Yazidis adheres to Islamic tradition.

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