Who is to say if the key that unlocks the cage might not lie hidden inside the cage?1

If justice and fairness are inherent to Islam - as fuqaha claim and all Muslims believe - should not these virtues be reflected in the ‘Islamic’ laws that regulate the relations between men and women as well as their respective rights? Why have women been treated as second-class citizens in the fiqh books that have come to define the terms of the Shari’a?
* This paper inevitably draws on my previous writing on the international network Women Living Under Muslim Laws, especially ‘Controlled or autonomous: identity and the experience of the network, Women Living Under Muslim Laws’, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Volume 19, Number 4, 1994, pp 997-1019. Moreover, the analysis presented owes much to the women linked through the network. Any idiosyncrasies, however, are obviously my own.

The Muslim world in context
Gabeba received a doctorate in English and Media Studies from the University of Cape Town, with a thesis on images of Islam in South African media and art and has published widely on the topic of representations of Islam.
Muslim women are more likely to experience discrimination than Canadian women of other faith communities and remain on the fringes of political power in Canada, according to two groundbreaking reports released by the Canadian Council of Muslim Women.

The titles listed below can be ordered directly from Baobab for Women's Human Rights. Write to them at baobab@baobabwomen.org for more details. Visit the publications section of the Baobab for Women's Human Rights website for more information and links about other titles which have been produced by them: www.baobabwomen.org/publications.htm

لن يتم إضافة أخبار ومقالات جديدة إلى موقعنا باللغة العربية حتى التاسع من شهر شباط (فبراير) 2005
WLUML will participate in the upcoming Feminist Dialogues (FD), a 2 day transnational meeting of feminist networks and organizations held before the World Social Forum.
Press release by Solidaritas Perempuan (Women's Solidarity for Human Rights)
Syndiquer le contenu