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You will not find male circumcision mentioned in the Qur'an either and the much hated الأسراءيليات

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Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Mar 15, 2014 at 10:05

Dr. Pipes

The Qur'an is silent about both male as well as female circumcision

I'm sure you must be aware that there was a Libyan judge, (in the 1990's) who wrote a book where he made it very clear that male circumcision must be regarded as non Islamic and it got into Islam from the layer called الأسراءيليات or al-Isra'eeliat or those traditions that got into islam from Jewish sources and customs and most of these traditions were external to the OT but some of them are indeed from the OT. And the islamic historical tradtion always detested this layer called الأسراءيليات so it is indeed an embarrassment to Muslims to be remined that something as basic as male circumcision might not be Islamic and it was borrowed from the Jews

Having said this the Ulama as usual filled in the gaps as there is a famous tradition that Muhammad was born circumcized (which makes you wonder that may be he was born with hypospadius) and this is why Muslim men should look like him.

What was the fate of the poor guy? He had a fatwa of takfeer issued aginst him by a Saudi Sheikh

As for female circumcision I do believe that Patricia Crone is very correct that Islamic law was the product of the provincial laws (it was not Roman Law) in a specific part of the empire so in the case of Egypt female circumcision was practiced from time immemorial and therefore it ended in Islamic law in Egypt and in parts like India where there was no such practice it is still not part of Islamic law there as far as I know

For the readers: Anyone who is interested in reading about the origins of Islamic law I suggest Crone's great work "Roman, provincial and islamic law"

http://www.amazon.com/Roman-Provincial-Islamic-Law-Civilization/dp/0521529492/ref=la_B001HMUUDM_1_9?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1394892023&sr=1-9

And who says that laws drop from the skies!

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