Women Under Islam: Gender, Justice and the Politics of Islamic Law

Overview

How Islam treats women is one of the most hotly contested questions of our times.  Islamic law is often misrepresented as a single monolithic concept, rather than a collection of different interpretations and practices.  To move the debate on Islamic law and gender forward, it is necessary to establish how Islamic law actually operates.  In this groundbreaking work, Chris Jones-Pauly explores what conditions sustain the most liberal interpretation of Islamic law on gender issues.  She examines...

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Overview

How Islam treats women is one of the most hotly contested questions of our times.  Islamic law is often misrepresented as a single monolithic concept, rather than a collection of different interpretations and practices.  To move the debate on Islamic law and gender forward, it is necessary to establish how Islamic law actually operates.  In this groundbreaking work, Chris Jones-Pauly explores what conditions sustain the most liberal interpretation of Islamic law on gender issues.  She examines the different interpretations, histories and practices of Islamic law in different countries.  She finds that the political independence of judicial institutions is a far more important factor than the relative conservatism of the society.  This wide-ranging book will provide new insights not only for those studying law and gender, but for anyone with an interest in Islamic societies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845113865
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/21/2011
  • Series: Library of Islamic Law Series , #3
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Jones-Pauly, who has two doctorates in comparative and Islamic law (SOAS) and international law (Harvard), is a Human Rights Fellow at Harvard University, where she previously worked as a Professor in Islamic Law.  Before this she headed the Human Rights & Development Unit at the University of Bonn. She has worked on numerous human rights law projects with the UN.

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Table of Contents

Preface
• Tunisia: The Ideal Islamic Reform
• Egypt: Conservative Incremental Reform
• Pakistan - Orthodox Modernity
• South Africa - Constitutional Challenges for Islamic Law *

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