Praise Allah and Pass the Cudgel

The face of Islam is two Muslim women in Australia openly excusing wife beating. It is Sheikh Farrokh Sekaleshfar openly proclaiming at an Orlando mosque, not long before the slaughter at a gay night club in the same city, that “death is the sentence” for homosexuals

What’s all this rubbish about Muslim men not being allowed to beat their wives? All that brouhaha about those two pleasant-looking Muslim ladies explaining sweetly that husbands indeed had a right to deal out a bit of marital biff when warranted. Hear! Hear! Or, if you like, Allahu Akbar!

I note that Muslim Labor federal member Ed Husic unaccountably eschews the beating option “It’s not acceptable in any form to strike anyone, either between husband and wife or anywhere,” he reportedly said. Bad syntax apart, the sentiment is both clear and terribly heretical in my view. Isn’t he the same chap who used the Koran when sworn in as a minister in 2013? What is he thinking about? That’s the question that springs to my mind.

  • Frances

    Back in the day, the late Dorothy Sayers had Lord Peter and his wife, Harriet Vane, discuss what had held her back from accepting his offer of marriage – his wealth: “At this moment I could have been tramping at your heels with five babies and a black eye, and saying to a sympathetic bobby, “You leave ‘him be – ‘e’e my man, ain’t ‘e? — E’ve a right to knock me abaht.'” And it goes on from there. An interesting aside from an author who was in many ways an early feminist.

    • Are they worth reading?

      • Frances

        Her books are really good. This was an observation – written in the 1930’s – that I have often puzzled over. The implication was that the occasional black eye could be understood in the context of the stresses of trying to survive, and that there were worse things a man could do to a woman than that. As I said, that passage has always concerned me. But it does seem to embody a sense that – back in the day – occasional physical violence in a marriage was not necessarily a deal-breaker. But the sense was, in the book, that there was fundamentally a good relationship between this mythical couple.

      • Minicapt

        Start with the “Nine Tailors” and learn about change ringing. Or “Have His Carcase” and learn of hemophilia and how to decrypt a message which uses the Playfair Cypher. Or “Gaudy Night” to discuss women in education.


        • Might do. I have a long list of things I should read….