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Women And Islamic Law

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Since the age of Islamic reformism in the nineteenth century numerous attempts have been made to improve the position of women in Islam by reformulating sharia law in the light of social change and modern developments. This chapter proposes the investigation into the possibilities of legal reform with the notion of Allahs limits, which not only stipulates boundaries (straightness) but also allows human legislation the freedom to move and change (curvature). It explores the difference between the two Arabic terms for share, al-ḥaẓẓ and al-naṣīb. The issue of polygyny has perhaps been the most controversial topic since reformers of the nineteenth century began to question the plausibility of Islams traditional marriage law. Muslim womens headscarf, called al-ḥijāb, has become almost synonymous with the Islamic dress code for women.

Keywords: al-ḥaẓẓ; al-ḥijāb; al-naṣīb; Islams traditional marriage law; Islamic dress code; Muslim women; polygyny



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