Female circumcision is part of the prophetic Sunnah, said MP Nasser al-Shaker of the Salafi-led Nour Party, who previously proposed a bill that would allow the practice.
On a morning show on Mehwar satellite TV station, Shaker said notable Egyptian scholars have said the practice is part of the Sunnah.
Imam Mohamed Sayed Tantawi, Abdel Halim Mahmoud, former Islamic Research Academy member Sheikh Attiya Saqr and former Egyptian Mufti Nasr Farid Wasel — all prominent Egyptian religious figures, the first three of whom have died — had all authorized the practice, also known as female genital mutilation, Shaker said.
Repulsive, misogynist creeps they may be, but there's something you've got to admire about Egypt's Islamists.
Without a care in the world, they're behaving as if there's no world out there. As with the Israelis and North Koreans, they're don't give a cahoot about what the world thinks about them (I won't even bother mentioning concepts such as equality and human rights, which are completely alien to them). As far as they're concerned, they're the centre of the world, they have a monopoly over the truth, they're all that matters and that's all that's to it.
So, less than a month after reports emerged that Egyptian Salafi and Muslim Brotherhood MPs proposed to legalise necrophilia and paedophilia – reports which the Salafi al-Nur party and the Muslim Brotherhood have still not denied – a Salafi MP is now proposing to reintroduce female genital mutiliation on the grounds that the Prophet Muhammad thought it was cool.
Why, you may ask, are the Islamists so preoccupied with matters sexual and genital when Egypt is teetering on the brink of collapse politically and economically?
The answer is quite simple and probably unpalatable to the average Western liberal. As I said in a previous blog post,
...as anyone who has met Islamists would know, your typical male Islamist, whether Muslim Brotherhood, Salafi/Wahhabi or Al-Qaeda-type jihadist, is driven largely by sexual frustration and a chronic social ineptitude that makes it difficult for him to form relationships with women (hence the prevalence of homosexual acts among Islamists, e.g. in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia) and leads to pathological misogyny.
But although your typical male Islamist may have difficulty relating to and sexually performing with women, he is expected to marry at least one wife and thereby meet one of the criteria for "respectability" (it's a bit like members of the British Conservative Party).
This expectation, however, creates its own problems: married but sexually inadequate, your typical Islamist is chronically insecure and haunted by the spectre of his wife (or wives) being unfaithful through dallying with more sexually capable "real men".
Preoccupied with matters sexual, the Islamist therefore sees female genital mutilation as the solution to his pathological insecurity, on the grounds that cutting off the female clitoris will remove her libido and make her less likely to go off with other men.
Is this primitive and disgusting or is this primitive and disgusting?