[Alternate title: Sex, Legislation and Women in Islamic History]
The "blasphemous" book Sex, Sharia and Women in the History of Islam is about how Islam and Sharia law are allegedly used to oppress Muslim women. "I wanted to prove how oppressed women are in Islam and that they have no rights," said Mr. Halabjaee. "My book is based on Islamic sources such as the Holly Quran, Muslim and Bukhari books and many more."
Mr. Halabjaee was forced to flee to Norway from Iraqi Kurdistan because the Islamic League of Kurdistan issued a "conditional" fatwa to kill him if he did not repent and apologize for writing his book. The "conditional" nature of the fatal fatwa was uncertain at best. Mr. Halabjaee reported, "the mullahs and scholars said if I go to them and apologize they will give me 80 lashes and then refer me to the fatwa committee to decide if I am to be beheaded. They might forgive me, they might not."
Mr. Halabjaee fled Iraqi Kurdistan after the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) refused to offer him any protection or to arrest those who threatened his life. "The Kurdish authorities have not provided any protection from threats and fatwas," said Mr. Halabjaee, "any moment I am expecting a bullet or a hand grenade to be thrown into where I live."
I consider that those who turn to Christianity pose a threat to society."] Mr. Halabjaee was in possession of a warrant for his arrest issued by the Suleimaniya police department when he fled Iraqi Kurdistan.
In August 2006, Mr. Halabjaee was granted political asylum in Norway.
In December 2007, Mr. Halabjaee was convicted in absentia in Iraqi Kurdistan for the crime of blasphemy. A court in Halabja sentenced Mr. Halabjaee to prison for writing that the prophet Mohammed had 19 wives, married a 9-year-old when he was 54 years old, and committed murder and rape. Mr. Halabjaee remains in hiding in Norway. The sentence states that he will be arrested upon his return to Iraqi Kurdistan.
In February 2012, Mullah Krekar confirmed in Oslo City Court that he had issued a twenty page fatwa against Mr. Halabjaee. The fatwa was sent to several hundred Islamic scholars around the world. While Mullah Krekar said he thought he might be able to "guarantee the safety" of Mr. Halabjaee, Mullah Krekar confirmed that his fatwa "implies" that it is "permissible" to kill Mr. Halabjaee in Oslo or anywhere else. Mullah Krekar compared Mr. Halabjaee to Theo van Gogh, the film director who was killed by an Islamist in the Netherlands in 2004.
Synopsis, Chapter Summaries and Afterword in German
Sexualität, Scharia und Frauen in der Geschichte des Islams