Women’s Rights

Debunking The Myth: Angels Cursing Hadith

By Dr. Azizah al-Hibri and Ghada Ghazal. KARAMAH October 2018 ABSTRACT This is the second installment in our white paper series entitled “Debunking the Myth.” The series addresses religiously significant issues that are of special concern to Muslim women. In this paper, we address the above-captioned hadith (saying of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)) that Muslims interpret as requiring wives …

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Alabama’s abortion law is not ‘Christian Sharia,’ professor says. Sharia isn’t as inflexible, as draconian.

By: Abed Awad, Esq. The near-complete ban of abortion in Alabama coupled with the proposed anti-abortion legislation spreading around the country bring into focus the destructive consequences visited upon women’s rights by literalist religious doctrine justified by science cum legislating morality. This position on abortion is rigid allowing no room for grey areas. No room for disagreement. …

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What Kind of Liberation Are We Talking About?” from The Qur’an and Women: A Reading of Liberation

By: Asma Lamrabet “The question of women in Islam has long been seen from within the framework of one of two extreme viewpoints: the one bound by a strict conservative Islamic approach, the other by ethnocentric and Islamophobic Western conceptions. These two perceptions are, of course, in conflict, but they both end up at the …

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Muslim Women’s Rights in the Global Village: Challenges and Opportunities

By: Azizah al-Hibri, Esq. “In this age of information technology that shrank our world into a global village, it is fair to ask how this recent development has impacted Muslim women’s rights across the world. Having just traveled through nine Muslim countries, ranging from Pakistan and Bangladesh to the Gulf States, Egypt, Syria, and Lebanon, …

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Zina, Rape, and Islamic Law: An Islamic Legal Analysis of the Rape Laws in Pakistan

“The zina and rape laws of Pakistan are the subject of heated debate both inside and outside the Muslim world. Opponents of the Shari’a law have found in the subject an ideal opportunity to attack Islamic law as patriarchal and unjust to women. Some have even argued that Shari’a law, in its entirety, should be abolished. On the other hand, many …

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Hermeneutics of Gendered Space and Discourse

By: Asma Afsaruddin “The study of gender as an academic discipline is a fairly recent development in the humanities and social sciences. Pioneering works that have focused on gender have considerably affected academic discourse on how we interpret the paradigms of social, economic, and ultimately power relations between men and women, in both modern and …

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Qur’anic Foundations of the Rights of Muslim Women in the Twenty-First Century

By: Azizah al-Hibri, Esq. “The crisis of modernity in Islamic societies, generally, and of Muslim women’s rights, specifically, has led some individuals to wonder whether Islam has become outdated. After all, the Qur’an was revealed over fourteen hundred years ago to an illiterate man in the Arabian peninsula. How relevant could that revelation be today …

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Redefining Muslim Women’s Roles in the Next Century

By: Azizah al-Hibri, Esq. “The new millennium is blowing winds of change over the Muslim world. After centuries of relative seclusion, Muslim women have awakened to their critical role in society and are demanding their right to full participation in the public square. Patriarchal customs are being rejected, laws are being revised, and women are …

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Laicite, Women’s Rights, and the Headscarf Issue in France

By: Raja El Habti “The recent French law banning visible religious signs that display a student’s religious affiliation in public schools has unleashed heated debates on wearing the Islamic headscarf/veil/hijab (used here interchangeably). Although this law does not apparently target the French Muslim community in particular and will affect other religious minorities such as the Jewish …

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