Women, Family, and Gender in Islamic Law: 03 (Themes in Islamic Law, Series Number 3)

Women, Family, and Gender in Islamic Law: 03 (Themes in Islamic Law, Series Number 3)

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Judith E. Tucker
Cambridge University Press
Edition: Illustrated, 10/16/2008
EAN 9780521830447, ISBN10: 0521830443

Hardcover, 268 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.9 cm
Language: English

In what ways has Islamic law discriminated against women and privileged men? What rights and power have been accorded to Muslim women, and how have they used the legal system to enhance their social and economic position? In an analysis of Islamic law through the prism of gender, Judith Tucker tackles these complex questions relating to the position of women in Islamic society, and to the ways in which the legal system impacted on the family, property rights, space and sexuality, from classical and medieval times to the present. Working with concepts drawn from feminist legal theory and by using particular cases to illustrate her arguments, the author systematically addresses questions of discrimination and expectation - what did men expect of their womenfolk - and of how the language of the law contributed to that discrimination, infecting the system and all those who participated in it.

1. Introduction
2. Woman as wife and man as husband
making the marital bargain
3. Woman and man as divorced
asserting rights
4. Woman and man as legal subjects
managing and testifying
5. Woman and man in gendered space

'Judith Tucker's book is a welcome addition to Cambridge University Press' series on Islamic law under the editorship of Wael B. Hallaq.' Times Higher Education Supplement