CIP Meets With State Department-Sponsored Swedish Journalist Dilsa Demirbag-Sten
Center for Islamic Pluralism Executive Director Stephen Suleyman Schwartz, and a CIP researcher on women's issues in the Islamic world, met in Washington, DC, on November 13, 2007, with Dilsa Demirbag-Sten, a columnist with the Swedish daily Expressen.
Ms. Demirbag-Sten is of Kurdish ethnic background and is an expert on honor killings, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, and other atrocities committed against women under the pretext of Islamic custom.
She commented "honor killing happens all the time in Western Europe," adding, "the problem with the Muslim clerics is less one of open justification of such practices as a refusal to condemn them."
Ms. Demirbag-Sten is visiting the United States as a guest of the Department of State.