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 third world country struggling to battle Islamic fundamentalism. Recent reports of the unjust application of Pakistan’s rape laws, enacted as part of the “Islamization” of Pakistani law, further cement the impression that Islam is bad for women. The reports, unfortunately, are true. The impression is not.”

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