Thursday, March 03, 2005


By Stockton

Iraqi women eye Islamic law
Fri Feb 25, 2005

The majority United Iraqi Alliance supports sharia.

By Jill Carroll, Contributor to The Christian Science Monitor

BAGHDAD - Covered in layers of flowing black fabric that extend to the tips of her gloved hands, Jenan al-Ubaedy knows her first priority as one of some 90 women who will sit in the national assembly: implementing Islamic law.

She is quick to tick off what sharia will mean for married women. "[The husband] can beat his wife but not in a forceful way, leaving no mark. If he should leave a mark, he will pay," she says of a system she supports. "He can beat her when she is not obeying him in his rights. We want her to be educated enough that she will not force him to beat her, and if he beats her with no right, we want her to be strong enough to go to the police."

Ms. Ubaedy went on to say: "You don't beat her like some kind of animal. This isn't Texas. You have to have a good reason to beat her." Ms. Ubaedy lists some of those reasons:

1- Turkey Pot Pie not warm enough;
2- Case of Piels not cold enough;
3- Trailer hasn't been picked up in weeks;
4- Talking too much during Nascar;
5- A US Marine put women's underwear on head;
6- Watching too much "Mosul 90210" and "Ali-ibn's Creek".

"We've waited so long for this moment," said Azira M'bqua. "For years I've wondered if my husband really loved me. He's never bothered to beat me, or even smack me. Not one little bitch slap. Now it'll be his legal obligation."

Other Iraqi's credit George W. Bush. "Without him," said one excited Iraqi, "we wouldn't have the first, legitimately elected Islamic Republic."

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