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What can we learn from historical practices of Muslim marriage? In this webinar titled “Women’s Agency in Muslim Marriages: A Historical Perspective,” Dr. Hoda El Saadi examines marriage practices in pre-modern Muslim Egypt, focusing on the 8th to the 18th century.
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).
As discussions open up and research is done on the gendered impacts of this pandemic, the findings will yet offer further evidence that, without equality in the home, women bear the consequences not just in their private lives, but also their public lives. This pandemic is making the case for reform of discriminatory laws and practices even more urgent.
This is a recap of Musawah's intervention at the Pakistan review during the 75th session of CEDAW, which included Pakistani activists holding their government accountable.