‘Policy Brief 1: Why Muslim Family Law Reform? Why Now?’ outlines 10 fundamental facts to make the case for the reform of Muslim Family Laws, especially since resistance to reform is based on religious justifications.
Many contemporary Muslim family laws continue to be based on classical fiqh rulings and outdated gender norms, and they reflect neither the justice that is central to the concept of law in Islam, nor our changing times and circumstances.
Several arguments commonly used to resist family law reform in Muslim contexts are often based on religious grounds. However, over the past decades, scholarship and activism in the Muslim world have developed to make the case for the possibility and necessity of reform; this brief distills the 10 strongest arguments for reform.