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Prof. Brown came to wide attention in a Feb. 2017 speech he gave regarding Sharia law. Brown, a convert to Islam, made his statements at a lecture at the International Institute of Islamic Thought (a Muslim Brotherhood linked group). His message was that slavery and rape are permissible under Sharia law.[1]

Brown asserted that it isn’t “morally evil to own somebody,” and that “I don’t think you can talk about slavery in Islam until you realize that there is no such thing as slavery.” Challenged by a member of the audience, Brown replied that, “if you’re a Muslim, the prophet of God… had slaves. He had slaves. There’s no denying that. Are you more morally mature than the prophet of God? No, you’re not.”[2]   Brown continued on to assert that “consent isn’t necessary for lawful sex,” and that “slave women do not have agency over their sexual access, so their owner can have sex with them.”[3]

[1] Svirsky, M. (Feb. 12, 2017). Georgetown Professor Condones Rape and Slavery Under Sharia. Clarion Project. Retrieved from https://clarionproject.org/georgetown-professor-condones-rape-and-slavery-under-sharia/

[2] IPT News (Feb. 13, 2017). Prof’s Slavery/Sexual Consent Comments Become Georgetown’s Latest Outrage. Investigative Project on Terrorism. Retrieved from https://www.investigativeproject.org/5787/prof-slavery-sexual-consent-comments-become

[3] Greenfield, D. (Feb. 12, 2017). “It’s Not Immoral For One Human To Own Another Human”: Georgetown Prof Defends Islamic Slavery, Rape. Front Page Mag. Retrieved from http://www.frontpagemag.com/point/265783/its-not-immoral-one-human-own-another-human-daniel-greenfield

Associated Organizations:

Council on Foreign Relations; Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding; International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT); Fairfax Institute

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  • Misquoting Muhammad (2014)
  • The Canonization of al-Bukhari and Muslim (2007)
  • Hadith: Muhammad’s Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World (2009)
  • Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction (2011).

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