Various sites report that a gynecologist named Sitt al-Banaat Khaalid wrote about the benefits of female genital mutilation (FGM) in an article - sometimes also called a study, dated to 2003 - titled "Khitaan al-Banaat Ru’yah Sihhiyyah".


The female gynaecologist Sitt al-Banaat Khaalid says in an article entitled Khitaan al-Banaat Ru’yah Sihhiyyah (Female circumcision from a health point of view): For us in the Muslim world female circumcision is, above all else, obedience to Islam, which means acting in accordance with the fitrah and following the Sunnah which encourages it.

However, all mentions of the article and the person seem to originate from the same one or two sources, and the article is never properly cited or linked, and there doesn't seem to be any further information about the person available (at least not in the English-speaking web).

Do either the person or the article actually exist?

  • It might be useful to clarify what "FGM" stands for. May 8, 2017 at 15:21
  • @iamnotmaynard I added an explanation (it stands for female genital mutilation).
    – tim
    May 8, 2017 at 15:32
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    This site says you can download the book "Safe Female circumcision" by "Dr. Sit Elbanat Khalid Mohamed Ali, Obstetrician Gynecologist, Khartoum University - Sudan" umatia.org/2011/safecircumcision.html which seems to be by the same author. The book has a chapter "Medical Studies ". I haven't tried downloading it yet.
    – DavePhD
    May 11, 2017 at 19:23
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    @tim you must be looking at something different. I downloaded the "book" umatia.org/2011/Safe%20Female%20circumcision.doc (explicit photo warning) and it is in English. It is about female circumcision. Much of it is written by others. It's more like a disorganized assembly of information, unprofessional.
    – DavePhD
    Oct 9, 2017 at 13:02
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    The magazine that it is supposedly published in, Liwa’ al-Islam magazine, appears to be a real magazine (e.g. cited here). You just need to find the 2003 editions, not that this is going to be easy.
    – Laurel
    Jan 3, 2018 at 9:26


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