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Yvonne Sherwood

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198722618

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198722618.001.0001

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Muslim Liberative Approaches and Legal Dilemmas Towards Gender Justice

Muslim Liberative Approaches and Legal Dilemmas Towards Gender Justice

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(p.622) Chapter 34 Muslim Liberative Approaches and Legal Dilemmas Towards Gender Justice
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The Bible and Feminism
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Zayn Kassam

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198722618.003.0035

For many Muslim women, their countries’ legal regimes are perceived as continuing to place them at a disadvantage due to their sex, primarily due to gendered assumptions based on the Qur’ān and the patriarchal social frameworks under which legal regimes were instituted and applied. The development of a discourse of gender justice rooted in authoritative Islamic texts finds its greatest challenge in translating into praxis, for which the legal sphere, in which patriarchal authority in the name is Islam is seemingly unshakably entrenched, is one of the arenas in which the challenge has to be met. This chapter examines how liberatory interpretations of the Qur’an and Islamic law work in conjunction with activism undertaken by Muslim women’s groups to redress gender inequities, drawing upon examples from North Africa, primarily Egypt and Morocco.

Keywords:   family law, Mudawana, Moroccan Personal Status Law, Egypt, Iran, CEDAW, polygamy, walī

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