But ISIS is not the only group of extremists to justify slavery.
Apologists for Islamism, like Georgetown professor of Islamic studies Dr. Jonathan Brown provide cover for slavery. In a speech on slavery in Islamic thought, Brown said,“It’s not immoral for one human to own another human.”
He added, “the Prophet of God [Mohammed] had slaves … There’s no denying that. Was he—are you more morally mature than the Prophet of God? No you’re not.”
...Mauritania was the last country in the world to abolish slavery, which it did only in 1981.
In 2007 the government passed a law saying that slave owners would be prosecuted.
But in 2014, the Global Slavery Index estimated there are 140,000 slaves still in Mauritania, out of a population of 3.8 million.
Those who continue to keep slaves in Mauritania do so with reference to traditionalist Islamic rulings on the topic which permit and regulate the practice of slavery within an Islamic context..."
Despite protestations to the contrary and legislation on the books opposing slavery, the practice is alive and well in many Arab countries today, justified with reference to traditionalist understandings of Islam.