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Koranic, Pakistani and Human Rights Standards: a Comparison

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This chapter discusses the comparison between the three different standards of women's rights: the Koranic; the statutory Islamic law of Pakistan; and the international human rights, to find out how much compatibility exists between them. The Koran makes no distinction between de jure and de facto equality but provides an elaborate system of rules for the equal and human treatment of women which are to be followed in letter and spirit by each individual as well as the ruler. The comparative account of laws related to women in three systems, the Women's Convention, the Koran, and the statutory Islamic law of Pakistan, suggests that the rules and spirit of the Koran and the Convention are compatible except in the areas of sexual relations outside marriage. The superior courts such as the Federal Shariat Court have declared many provisions of these laws against Islamic teachings.

Keywords: international human rights; Koranic standard; statutory Islamic law; Women's Convention



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