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The Middle Path of Moderation in IslamThe Qur'anic Principle of Wasatiyyah$
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Mohammad Hashim Kamali

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190226831

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190226831.001.0001

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Wasaṭiyyah and Women’s Rights

Wasaṭiyyah and Women’s Rights

(p.190) XIX Wasaṭiyyah and Women’s Rights
The Middle Path of Moderation in Islam

Mohammad Hashim Kamali

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Women’s rights and their entitlement to civil liberties, the right to education, work, property and ownership, as well as participation in public affairs, voting rights, and candidacy and appointment to government positions have, to a large extent, been caught between the two extremist currents of opinion, one overly restrictive and the other exceedingly liberal and Westernized. This chapter reviews and evaluates these contrasting positions in light of the source evidence from the Qur’an and hadith, and a selection of scholarly opinion, both Sunni and Shi’ah, that help to identify instances of departure from the path of moderation, and how to restore it.

Keywords:   feminism, rights, liberal, conservative, authority, subordination

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