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Lady Judges of Pakistan: Embodying the Changing Living Tradition of Islam

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This chapter discusses the steadily increasing number of female judges in the lower courts of Pakistan. It focuses on how they have adjusted to the complex demands of plural Pakistani legal realities and a legal system known for its high level of corruption. It argues that, despite conservative religious interpretations, which dictate that women cannot be judges, and opposition from male lawyers, who are reluctant to accept female authority, women’s presence in the judiciary is largely welcomed by the local population. The paper also discusses the challenges female judges face in reconciling the demands of professional life with pressures arising from the day-to-day management of domestic affairs, in which women remain the primary caretakers.



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