The Right of Muslim Women to Become Judges

By: Nevine Abdullah

“In some Muslim societies, this question is still being asked, although in other Muslim countries, women have made great strides and contributions in the areas of law and the judiciary. It is now the twenty first century and it is time to settle this question once and for all and empower Muslim women worldwide to exercise their right to serve society as judges. According to Islamic Shari’ah, there is neither a prohibition nor obstacles to women serving as judges. Indeed, many reliable and competent jurists such as al-Hasan al-Basri, Ibn Jarir al-Tabari, Ibn al-Qasim al-Maliki, Ibn Hazm, and al- Kassani argued convincingly that women have equal rights to those of men in the judiciary. “

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