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This concluding chapter of the book on women in classical Islamic Law relates the author's observations. The author began this study by observing that early Muslim jurists answered the question, what should a woman do, by assuming that she would marry. The book is filled with details of how they envisioned a woman's life. The typical bride or wife or divorcée in these discussions is an upper class woman, or at least one who is prosperous enough for money and possessions to play a significant role in an appropriate marriage portion or adequate maintenance for her. The Qurʾān outlines rules and regulations for the proper conduct of the Muslim community. Once a woman is married, has received her marriage portion and has taken up residence in her husband's house, she owes him absolute obedience. The connection between fiqh and reality is also shown.

Keywords: classical Islamic Law; Fiqh; Muslim community; muslim woman; Qurʾān



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