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.
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).
In this webinar, we will unpack the urgency of reforming discriminatory Muslim family laws in three regions: South and Southeast Asia, Middle East-North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Featuring Hala Al-Karib, Marwa Sharafeldin and Zainah Anwar, moderated by Hyshyama Hamin.
Musawah Knowledge Building Coordinator Sarah Marsso shares her reflections from moderating the Ramadan webinar ‘A Feminist Quest for Qur’anic Justice, Beauty and Spiritual Care,’ featuring Asma Lamrabet, Omaima Abou-Bakr and Mulki Al-Sharmani.
This Ramadan, Musawah hosted a webinar ‘A Feminist Quest for Qur’anic Justice, Beauty and Spiritual Care,’ featuring Asma Lamrabet, Omaima Abou-Bakr and Mulki Al-Sharmani, moderated by Sarah Marsso.
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.