Former State Department Deputy Chief of Staff and senior Clinton confidant Huma Abedin worked for more than a decade at a stridently Islamist journal which opposed women’s rights and blamed the United States for the 9/11 terror attacks, the New York Post reported on Sunday.
For more than a decade, Abedin was listed as the Assistant Editor of the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs – a position she continued to hold while working as an aide to Hillary Clinton.
The Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs (JMMA), is associated with the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs (IMMA), which was founded by Abedin’s parents in 1978 to promote traditional Islamic norms and offer critiques of contemporary Western culture.
Today, both the IMMA and JMMA are headed by Abedin’s mother, Saleha Mahmood Abedin.
The JMMA has in the past served as a platform for Saleha Abedin’s Islamist views, including her opposition to women’s rights.
In 2012, five members of Congress penned a joint letter suggesting the JMMA promoted the Muslim Brotherhood’s agenda and noting the “serious security concerns” of having a senior JMMA staff member working within the State Department.
An Egyptian newspaper claimed Saleha Abedin is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s women’s division, the International Women’s Organization.
In the past, the JMMA – during Huma Abedin’s tenure there – blamed US foreign policy for the 9/11 terror attacks, citing Islamic “anger and hostility within the pressure cooker that was kept on a vigorous flame while the lid was weighted down with various kinds of injustices and sanctions”.
“It was a time bomb that had to explode and explode it did on September 11, changing in its wake the life and times of the very community and people it aimed to serve, Saleha Abedin wrote”.
The JMMA also blasted women’s “empowerment”, praising instead “Islamic values” of patriarchy and male authority.
“By placing women in the ‘care and protection’ of men and by making women responsible for those under her charge, Islamic values generate a sense of compassion in human and family relations.”