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ISIS Offers Female Slaves As Top Prizes For Koran Competition

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According to an image that was circulated on Twitter today, the Islamic State (ISIS) is supposedly offering female slaves as top prizes in an upcoming Koran memorization competition in Syria.

The statement, whose authenticity couldn't be verified, was issued by the Da'wa and Mosques Department in Al-Baraka (Al-Hasaka) province in Syria.

It begins with congratulations to ISIS soldiers and departments in the province upon the beginning of the month of Ramadan. It then announces the upcoming Koran memorization competition, at which it says participants will be tested and given prizes accordingly.

The statement lists the prizes planned for the top ten competitors, with the top three to each be awarded a female slave: "Winner of the first place [will be granted] (sabiyya) [a female slave who was captured at war]," it wrote.  

The remaining top seven slots would be awarded various monetary prizes, according to the statement.  


Picture of ISIS's statement. Female slaves prizes circled in red.


Source:, June 19, 2015.