Violence Against Women

Religion-Based Claim in Abuse Case Wisely Pierced by Appeals Court

By: Abed Awad, Esq. The three-judge panel held on July 23 in S.D. v. M.J.R , A-6107-08, that the defendant’s nonconsensual sexual intercourse with his wife was “unquestionably knowing, regardless of his view that his religion permitted him to act as he did.” The ruling is a good first step toward undoing a misperception that …

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Who Says Shari’a Demands the Stoning of Women? A Description of Islamic Law and Constitutionalism

By: Asifa Quraishi-Landes “I titled this presentation “Who Says Shari’a Demands the Stoning of Women?” And I mean the “who says” in a couple of different ways. First, quite literally: “Who says?” “Who says that?” I think it’s pretty easy to think about the question and say, well, it’s in the news. In the news, …

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An Islamic Perspective on Domestic Violence

By: Azizah al-Hibri, Esq. Al-Hibri presents a holistic analysis of the “Chastisement Verse” (4:34), grounded on the Qur’an’s egalitarian and harmonious vision of gender relations.   Invoking the core principle of Islamic monotheism, tawhid, and the principles of diversity and harmony evident in the Qur’an, al-Hibri describes a Qur’anic worldview in which God’s will is supreme …

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Her Honor: An Islamic Critique of the Rape Laws of Pakistan from a Woman-Sensitive Perspective

By: Asifa Quraishi-Landes “I remember as a child having to describe Pakistan as that small country next to India. I haven’t used that description in a long time. By now, Americans have heard of Pakistan, and the reference is no longer exotic. Instead, the name conjures up confused images of women and non-Muslims in a …

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Debunking the Myth that Islam Requires FGM

By Dr. Azizah al-Hibri, Ghada Ghazal, and Aljawharah Alassaf KARAMAH February 2018 PAPER ABSTRACT In the case of female khitan (FGM), proponents of this practice rely on (a) a single verse in the Qur’an and (b) a number of hadiths attributed to Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him).  This study will show that the cited Qur’anic verse is inapplicable to the issue …

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