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Violations of the human rights of women are an unmistakable reality of all modern-day societies, albeit to different extents. The two theories that currently constitute the most formidable challenge to the international women's rights discourse are cultural relativism and Feminist legal theory; both argue that their voices have not been recognised in the contemporary human rights paradigm. Feminist legal theory is critical of the body of international legal instruments that purportedly guarantees respect for human rights of women. Proponents of this theory argue that the formulation of international law has been monopolised by men, who have disregarded the true needs and concerns of women, particularly women from the Third World. This chapter addresses the critiques of this theory. The discourse on women's human rights has long been trapped in the seemingly impenetrable polemics of the universalist-cultural relativist divide. The pragmatic feminists have profoundly modified the field of Islamic theological research.

Keywords:cultural relativism; Feminist legal theory; human rights of women; international law; Islamic theological research; universalist-cultural relativist divide



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