How far have reforms gone in Islam?

Marcotte, R. D. (2003) How far have reforms gone in Islam?. Women's Studies International Forum, 26 2: 153-166. doi:10.1016/S0277-5395(03)00017-7

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Author Marcotte, R. D.
Title How far have reforms gone in Islam?
Journal name Women's Studies International Forum   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0277-5395
Publication date 2003-01-01
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/S0277-5395(03)00017-7
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 26
Issue 2
Start page 153
End page 166
Total pages 14
Editor Zmroczek C.
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Language eng
Subject C1
440205 Islamic Studies
780199 Other
Abstract The encounter of East and West has initiated a period of reforms in Muslim societies. Some of the legal reforms enacted by premodern and modem Muslim states have been hailed as victories for women's rights in Islam. A historical and comparative perspective on the issue reveals that this is far from being true. Reforms constitute a far more complex issue. In many Muslim countries, Islamic law remained the main reference in matters pertaining to family and personal laws. To this day, women's rights remain a sensitive issue. A look at some modem Muslim legislations regarding divorce and polygamy illustrates both the tension that exists between the duties of modem states to uphold women's rights and their alleged Islamic principles and the tension that exists between state and religion. Paradoxically, recent developments in Iran illustrate aptly that some sort of reforms of family laws may be envisioned within the strictures of an Islamic society where Islamic law rules. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keyword Women's Studies
Religious Interpretation
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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