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Men in Charge? Rethinking Authority in Muslim Legal Tradition

Men in Charge? Rethinking Authority in Muslim Legal Tradition
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Author/Editor: Ziba Mir-Hosseini,Mulki Al-Sharmani,Jana Rumminger
New Pb 286 pp.
Subject: Religion,Law & Business,Gender & Sexuality
Condition: Good
Published: 2015

Muslim legal tradition does not treat men and women equally. At the root of this discrimination lies a theological assumption: God has given men authority over women. This assumption is justified with reference to a Qur’anic verse (4:34) and is expressed in two key legal concepts that underlie the logic of most contemporary Muslim Family laws. One, qiwamah, generally denotes a husband’s authority over his wife. The other, wilayah, refers to the right and duty of male family members to exercise guardianship over female members and the privileging of fathers over mothers in guardianship of their children.

Based on exciting new feminist research, Men in Charge? critically engages with this assumption and challenges male authority and gender discrimination from within Muslim legal tradition. The authors trace how male dominance came to be inherent in the tradition, show how it is produced and sustained in contemporary times, and indicate how the tradition can be reformed in order to promote gender equality and justice.

The contributors are academics and activists from varied discipline and backgrounds who were brought together by Musawah, a global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family. Since its launch in 2009, Musawah has sought to produce new knowledge to support local and national movements as they develop and advocate for change.

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