Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the newly declared Caliph of all Muslims appointed a woman, Jumana Ali, to the post of Vice-Caliph in an effort to promote women’s empowerment and prosperity in the Caliphate.
Last week the Islamist militant group, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), declared the establishment of an Islamic Caliphate, the first since the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire in 1923.
“The appointment of Jumana Ali is proof that the new Caliphate will work towards achieving prosperity and is committed to women’s empowerment,” a spokesperson for the office of al-Baghdadi said in a statement to local reporters. “But Jumana Ali is also the most qualified person for the post of Vice-Caliph and she is committed to working hard for the improvement of the lives of Muslims everywhere.”
A recent study showed that 100% of the leadership positions in al-Baghdadi’s Islamic Caliphate are held by men, but analysts claim that Jumana Ali’s appointment will “pave the way for women to receive full rights for political participation.”
“Now no one can say that the Caliphate discriminates between men and women,” the spokesperson added. “We might even see a female Caliph in the future, Allah knows.”
Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is expected to hold a press conference this week with Jumana Ali to officially announce the appointment.