Austrian media is reporting that organizations connected to the Turkish government have been selling a book calling for death to those who insult the Prophet Mohammed and approving “light beating” for women. According to the Oberösterreiches Volksblatt report:
March 10, 2021 What do the Islamist Milli Görüs community (IGMG), a German Salafist store, and the Internet giant Amazon have in common? They are distributing a book calling for what happened to teacher Samuel Paty in France in October: an Islamist bestially murdered him for allegedly insulting the Prophet by showing caricatures of Mohammed. The murderer did what the book “Ilmihal für Frauen — Islamisches Grundwissen für Frauen” (Ilmihal = Catechism), published by the Istanbul-based Uysal publishing house, postulates: “Anyone who insults the Prophet, or denigrates his religion in any way, must be killed,” it says on page 177. […]
According to the book, a woman will enter paradise if she “prays five times a day, fasts during the month of fasting, guards her shame, and follows her husband.” After all, the book states on page 54: “Islam forbids harsh wife-beating as a punishment.” However, one chapter is devoted to “light beating.” In Turkey, the book has the sanction of the highest authority. The Turkish version is offered (in the same presentation as the German) both by the Turkish religious authority Diyanet and its German branch DITIB. The German edition is well priced at Amazon for 14 euros. In the Milli Görüs book club (Kitap Kulübü) it costs one euro more.
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Subsequent reporting noted that IGMG has since stopped selling the book and has distanced itself from its contents.
The Turkish Directorate of Religious Affairs, also known as the Diyanet, is a Turkish state institution responsible for managing religious affairs. It writes the sermons delivered to all of Turkey’s mosques, and their imams are civil servants employed by the state. It also sends imams abroad to work at the mosques of The Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs, also known as DITIB, which operates in Germany and France.
Islamische Gemeinschaft Millî Görüş (IGMG) is the German branch of Millî Görüş, a Turkish religious and political movement founded by Necmettin Erbakan, Erdoğan’s political mentor, and which has called for an end to the secular regime in Turkey. The GIOR has reported that the German government is asserting that President Erdoğan’s AKP party has intensified its relations with Millî Görüş in Germany.
Recent GIOR reporting about DITIB and Millî Görüş include:
- In March 2021, we reported that the head of a German DITIB branch resigned over accusations of antisemitism.
- In January 2021, we reported that a “front” for DITIB and the French branch of Millî Görüş rejected a “charter of principles” written by French Muslim leaders intended to fight extremist teaching blamed for a spate of jihadist attacks.
- In December 2020, we reported on cooperation between DITIB and Millî Görüş in France.