Cole Bunzel, a leading ISIS expert at Princeton University, said the ruling or fatwa has a force of law and goes beyond the extremist group's earlier known utterances on slavery, News.com.au reported.
It sheds new light on how the group is trying to reinterpret centuries old teachings to justify the rape of women in parts of Syria and Iraq that ISIS controls.
The fatwa was among a huge trove of documents captured by the US Special Operations Forces during a raid targeting a top ISIS official in Syria earlier in May.
This is what ISIS fatwa handbook says:
- “It is not permissable for the owner of a female captive to have intercourse with her until after she has her menstrual cycle and becomes clean.”
- “If she is pregnant, he is not allowed to have intercourse with her until after she has given birth.”
- “It is not permissable to cause her to abort if she is pregnant.”
- “If the owner of a female captive releases her, only he can have intercourse with her and he cannot allow someone else to have intercourse with her.”
- “If the owner of a female captive, who has a daughter suitable for intercourse, has sexual relations with the latter, he is not permitted to have intercourse with the mother and she is permanently off-limits to him.”
- “The owner of two sisters is not allowed to have intercourse with both of them.”
- “If the female captive becomes pregnant by her owner, he cannot sell her and she is released after his death.”
- “If two or more individuals are involved in purchasing a female captive, none of them are permitted to have intercourse with her because she is part of a joint ownership.”
The pamphlet, published by the IS “Research and Fatwa Department”, insisted it was acceptable to have sexual intercourse with non-Muslim slaves, including young girls, and said militants were also permitted to beat and trade them.
- “There is no dispute among the scholars that it is permissable to capture unbelieving women,” the pamphlet said.
- “It is permissable to buy, sell or give as a gift female captives and slaves, for they are merely property.
- “It is permissable to have intercourse with a female slave who hasn’t reached puberty if she is fit for intercourse.”