Madrid: An imam who wrote a book on how to beat your wife without leaving marks on her body has been ordered by a judge in Spain to study the country’s constitution.
The judge told Mohamed Kamal Mustafa, imam of a mosque in the southern resort of Fuengirola, to spend six months studying three articles of the constitution and the universal declaration of human rights.
Kamal was sentenced to 15 months’ jail and fined €2160 ($3425) last year after being found guilty of inciting violence against women. However, despite objections from the Socialist government, a judge released him after 22 days in jail on condition he undertake a re-education course.
The Government has set up a commission to find ways for the Muslim community to regulate itself. A central recommendation is that imams speak Spanish and have a basic knowledge of human rights and Spanish law.
In his book Women in Islam, published four years ago, Kamal wrote that verbal warnings followed by a period of sexual inactivity could be used to discipline a disobedient wife. If that failed, he argued that, under Islamic law, beatings could be judiciously administered.
"The blows should be concentrated on the hands and feet using a rod that is thin and light so that it does not leave scars or bruises on the body," he wrote.
Kamal’s lessons, which he must pay for, will be taught by teachers from Málaga University.
The newspaper La Vanguardia said he would have to study articles 10, 14 and 15 of the constitution. The first two deal with "the dignity of a person and inviolable rights" and says "all Spaniards are equal before the law".