Both Muslims and non-Muslims see women in most Muslim countries as suffering from social, economic and political discrimination, treated by law and society as second-class citizens subject to male authority. This discrimination is attributed to Islam and Islamic law, though it varies considerably in its impact, according to both class and region. Since the late 19th century there has been a mass of literature tackling this issue, some from a feminist or human rights perspective, some taking the form of an apology for Islamic law.
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Introduction / Ziba Mir-Hosseini, Mulki Al-Sharmani and Jana Rumminger Muslim legal tradition and the challenge of gender equality / Ziba Mir-Hosseini The interpretive legacy of Qiwamah as an exegetical construct / Omaima Abou-Bakr An egalitarian reading of the concepts of Khalifah, Wilayah and Qiwamah / Asma Lamrabet Producing gender-egalitarian Islamic law: a case study of guardianship (Wilayah) in prophetic practice / Ayesha S. Chaudhry Islamic law, sufism and gender: rethinking the terms of the debate / Sa'diyya Shaikh Qiwamah and Wilayah as legal postulates in Muslim family laws / Lynn Welchman Islamic law meets human rights: reformulating Qiwamah and Wilayah for personal status law reform advocacy in Egypt / Marwa Sharafeldin 'Men are the protectors and maintainers of women...': three fatwas on spousal roles and rights / Lena Larsen Understanding Qiwamah and Wilayah through life stories /Mulki Al-Sharmani and Jana Rumminger The ethics of Tawhid over the ethics of Qiwamah /Amina Wadud.