"There are extremists and moderates in every religion."
" I do not assume that all Islamic people follow the same dogma, in the same way that not all Catholics do."
Let us be clear:
ALL Islamic peoples would agree what I said was in an Islamic context there can be no rape of a wife. What this means is that Islam is not just a personal religion with ones god, it has a social, financial, educational, military, religious and judical component that encompases all aspect of life (which is very different from other faiths).
The judicial and social aspects of Islam that are founded in Sharia. Obviously, there are many personal differences in which parts of Islam believers practice and those that they discard, but in an "Islamic context" what one must understand is the legality of rights and duties for a Muslim within the framework of a Sharia as it is practiced in a Muslim country.
All four schools of Sunni Islam: Hanafi, Hanbali, Maliki and Shafii, as well as the Shia Muslims schools of Twelvers, and Jaafari all agree that there are resposnibities of a husband and wife, and for that reason there can be no rape in an Islamic Context.
You are confusing the personal religious aspects of Islam with its judical and social components. As was mentioned in Part II of the Feminist Chronicles, all of the 22 memebers of the OIC are not signatories of the UDHR but follow the The Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam, and thus human rights in Islamic countries are based on the Quran and the teachings of Islam.
This in turn leads to laws in Afganistan that are based on the teachings in the Quran and in the Hadiths. Even if you look to the law that has been inacted it is lifted directly from scripture , and while many Muslims may personally disagree, this does not make it any more wrong within the framework of Sharia. What one must understand, is that Islam is not only a religious ideology, but has all of the components listed above.
From banking to which foot you place in the bathroom first.
Because of the body of Islamic Jurisprudence that has accumulated over the centuries this law is not that suprising. There are NO laws against spousal rape in the Islamic world (save Turkey for EU entry reasons) and this is not an oversight but one that is directly related to Sharia.
Where Afganistan is different is that they are codifying it into law, which is different from not making it illegal. Sufice it to say, there are great misunderstandings by Leftists and Feminists bent of protecting Jihad minded Muslims of the difference between Islam and other religions in the sense of the other compoments that Islam has and how they play a part in the functioning of Muslim country.
Even if one looks at the world today, Islamism is growing stronger rather than being liberalised.
From Egypt to Pakistan, from Turkey to Algeria… traditional (and what I call orthadox Islam rather than extremist) Political Islam (thus Sharia) is on the rise (even in the UK and other western countries). Look to Afghanistan itself, and one can see that most of the people there agree with this new law.
Muslim Women Tell West to Back Off Rape Law - 'We Don't Want Total Freedom. [We Want] Islam
"...Young women attending Kabul University
expressed surprise and bewilderment at the debate raging in Canada and Europe
over a proposed law that seems to allow men from the Shiite Hazara minority to
sexually enslave their wives and imprison them in their homes.The nearly
unanimous view on the campus — arguably the most progressive institution in
Afghanistan — was that the West should not involve itself in the country's
cultural and religious affairs….
…But we do not want total freedom. We wanted it to
be limited and to be within Islam. Our freedom must come within Islam….…."I
don't want to see the faces of the Taliban again, but I do not want our culture
to change. It is right that we should not go out without our families'
permission. I would not want it to be any other way..."
As well this story is related to the Policital and Judicial aspects of Islam founded in Sharia:
Afghan cleric defends 'rape' law
Men are typically the breadwinners in Afghan households,
expected to provide for their wives and children."It is not possible for all
women to pay the same amount of money as men ... For all these expenses, can't
we at least give the right to a husband to demand sex from his wife after four
nights?" he said.