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The human rights organization TARGET was founded in September 2000 by Rüdiger Nehberg. It achieved success in the fight against female genital mutilation. In November 2006, TARGET organized and financed a conference under the auspices of the Egyptian Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa at Al-Azhar University in Cairo. As a result of this conference, leading Islamic legal scholars condemned the practice of genital mutilation. In March 2009, Nehberg and Tarafa Baghajati visited the Islamic legal scholar and publicist Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who lives in Qatar. In a fatwa drawn up by the recognized legal scholar, the genital mutilation of girls is described as the “work of the devil” and prohibited under all circumstances because it is directed against the ethics of Islam.[1][2][3]


  1. REFweb Wikipedia article: Rüdiger Nehberg. Retrieved 10 November 2021.
  2. REFweb (23 November 2006). Wird die Genitalverstümmelung je aufhören? – In Kairo beschliessen islamische Gelehrte ein Verbot [Will Genital Mutilation Ever Stop? - In Cairo, Islamic scholars decide on a ban] (German),, Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Retrieved 24 November 2006.
  3. REFdocument El Ahl, Amira: „In schönstem Ebenmaß“ ["In the most beautiful proportions"] (German) PDF, Der Spiegel. (4 December 2006). Retrieved 25 June 2019.