3rd Issue Brief: 'Islam and the Question of Gender Equality

Authors/editor(s): Musawah - a global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family

'Islam and the Question of Gender Equality is part of a series of knowledge briefs for women’s rights activists to provide advocacy arguments and convey key ideas and concepts related to Muslim legal traditions in a simple and appealing way.

If justice and equality are values central to Islam, as Muslims believe they are, why have women been treated as inferior to men in Muslim legal tradition and in Muslim societies? And if equality is has become inherent to conceptions of justice in modern times, as many Muslims now recognize, how can it be reflected in Muslim laws?

This knowledge brief was produced under the UN Women  Men and Women for Gender Equality Programme, Arab States Regional Office, funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

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Geographic coverage: Africa; Arab States/North Africa; Asia and the Pacific; Europe and Central Asia; Latin America and the Caribbean; OECD DAC Donors and Other Countries

Subject area(s): Gender equality and inequality

Publication year: 2017