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How are iḥsan and its concepts of beauty and goodness reflected in marriage and family matters in the Qur'an? What might the beauty and goodness represented in iḥsan mean in this context? In this webinar, Amira will focus on the function and meaning of iḥsan and its concepts of beauty and goodness in relation to gender, family, and community dynamics. Amira will reflect on how the Qur’anic mandate for iḥsan can play a role in revisiting hierarchical and detrimental gender norms and practices in Muslim contexts. She will open a conversation on the implications of this approach and perspective on multidimensional reform work towards equality and justice in the family.
What the Ḥadīth says about Muslim marriages in general and the Prophet’s marriages in particular? In this webinar, Yasmin Amin mines the Hadith corpus for a framework for egalitarian Muslim marriage, using a methodology grounded in the Islamic interpretive tradition. She will focus, in particular, on Prophet's Muhammad's marriages to shed light on practices and teachings that emphasize cooperative spousal roles in the marital home; affirm women's needs and rights in intimate spousal relations; and welcome their presence and role in the public sphere. Yasmin Amin reflects on the lessons learned from this Prophetic model of marital relations for present day Muslim efforts to reform juristic rulings and codified family laws that sanction gender hierarchy and women's subjugation in marriage.
How can Hadith be a source of egalitarian ethics? How can we develop and apply an ethical context-sensitive reading of the Hadith tradition that leads to gender-equal relationships? In this webinar titled “ Hadith and Family Relations: Towards an Ethics of Reciprocity,” Dr. Faqihuddin Abdul Kodir will explore these questions and propose a reformist methodology that connects the Hadith tradition to Qur’anic ethics and the overarching higher purposes of Islamic theology.
In this webinar, titled "Muslim Women Creating New Futures: The Campaign for Justice in Muslim Family Laws," speakers Zainah Anwar, Marwa Sharafeldin, and Hala Al-Karib, with moderator Salomé Gómez-Upegui, discuss the work of Muslim women activists campaigning for egalitarian reform in Muslim family laws across Southeast Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa.
How can recent reforms of family laws in Muslim contexts provide ideas and strategies that can be used to advance gender justice? In this webinar, Dr. Jouirou, Professor Welchman and Dr. Sharafeldin will explore ways in which contemporary family laws and legal practices have been reformed in recent years to embrace gender equality. They will share examples of different approaches that reformers have taken around specific issues such as domestic violence, polygyny, and inheritance. They will examine some of the contexts and factors that have enabled change, including the interplay between Muslim legal tradition, human rights, state laws and societal norms, and critically assess strengths, remaining gaps, and possibilities for future reform.
In this webinar, Zakia Soman and Dr. Noorjehan Safia Niaz, co-founders of Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA) and co-authors of “Indian Muslim Women’s Movement: For Gender Justice and Equal Citizenship,” will discuss their pioneering activism for equal rights and equal citizenship of Muslim women in India, advocacy strategies, challenges of advocating women’s rights in a Muslim minority context, and linkages with Muslim women’s movements across the globe. Moderated by Alex McCarthy of Musawah, and co-hosted by Harvard Law School’s Program on Law and Society in the Muslim World and Musawah.
How do we critically engage with the foundations of usul al-fiqh in the process of revisiting Muslim marriage? In this webinar titled “Rethinking Fiqh Rulings on Marriage through Structural Ijtihad,” Dr. Mohsen Kadivar revisits the theoretical and philosophical foundations that underpin classical fiqh rulings on marriage, and he proposes a reformist approach to contemporary Muslim marriages and family relations, using what he calls ‘structural ijtihad’.
How can one construct an egalitarian jurisprudence (fiqh) of Muslim marriage that is authentic to the tradition and functional in the contemporary context? In this webinar titled “Reclaiming Equality in Marriage: Problems and Solutions in Usul al-Fiqh,” Dr. Nevin Reda explores this question and proposes a new, Islamic feminist methodology she has developed, which she calls a “spiritually integrative approach” (manhaj niswi rawhani).