Jonathan Brown, Professor of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University, defended and justified rape and slavery under Sharia law during a lecture to an Islamist group. As reported by The Clarion Project, Professor Brown made the comments during a lecture to the International Institute of Islamic Thought, a grouped with ties to the Muslim-Brotherhood.
“It’s not immoral for one human to own another human,” Brown, a convert to Islam said during the lecture. “The Prophet of God [Mohammed] had slaves … There’s no denying that. Was he—are you more morally mature than the Prophet of God? No you’re not.”
Robert Spencer, known for his work at JihadWatch.org, recently challenged Brown to a debate over his less-than moderate views. The professor declined, insinuating that the anti-Islamic supremacist activist wasn’t worth debating. Yet, he told the International Institute of Islamic Thought he doesn’t “think it’s morally evil to own somebody because we own lots of people all around us, and we’re owned by people.”
In fact, the immorality of slavery doesn’t actually exist according to Brown, at least not as it is generally thought of in the West.
“There is no such thing as slavery, as a category, as a conceptual category that exists throughout space and time trans-historically,” he said. “Slavery cannot just be treated as a moral evil in and of itself because slavery doesn’t mean anything.”
Brown argued Islamic slavery was not comparable to slavery practiced in the U.S.-or, as immoral even if it was immoral, at all–because it was not racially motivated. Putting aside the fact the slave might disagree, the statement is factually inaccurate. The Arab slave trade in Africans is well-documented and disputes Professor Brown’s revisionist version of history.
Further, abeed, the Arabic word for slaves, is in fact a racial slur still widely used to refer to black people even today.
This isn’t just some teacher’s aide. Professor Brown is the Alwaleed bin Talal Chair of Islamic Civilization in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown. He is also the Director of the Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding, according to the university’s website.
On rape, or “nonconsensual sex” as he called it, is basically an legal impossibility because consent “isn’t necessary.”
“Consent isn’t necessary for lawful sex,” he said, adding that it is really the fault of western society for being “obsessed with the idea of autonomy and consent.”
Jim Mason / March 13, 2017
People should probably start to wake up a bit here. Cowardice allows you to rationalize all sorts of atrocities, and the further along we allow this cancer to spread the more courage it will take to fight back against it, which means there will be even less people willing to do so a year from now then their are today.
Or we could just all convert to Islam I guess. That would solve the problem too. I’m a man so it wouldn’t be so tough on me. My wife would certainly be a lot more “compliant” with my whims that’s for sure.
Catherine Norman / March 20, 2017
Georgetown is no longer worthy of the title “University.”
It has become a puppet of terrorists. The administration’s
cowardice in the face of this evil is disgusting!