Contesting Justice : Women, Islam, Law, and Society

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-03-06
  • Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr

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Argues that the rights of women in Muslim society are based on the preserved cultural standards of elites, not the ethical philosophy of the Qur'an.

Author Biography

Ahmed E. Souaiaia is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Iowa.

Table of Contents

Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Legal Absolutism and Ethical Relativismp. 15
To Know or Not to Know: The Basis of Actsp. 17
Cognition through Models and Paradigmsp. 22
The Domain of Ethics and the Lawp. 25
Chronology of Islamic Thoughtp. 27
Ethics, Morality, and the Lawp. 29
Determining God's Positionp. 29
Core and Marginal Sanctionsp. 33
Emotion and Law in the Qur'anic Discoursep. 34
Threats, Incentives, and Pietyp. 34
Crime and Punishmentp. 36
Basis for the Practice of Polygamyp. 43
On the Methodological and Historical Assumptionsp. 43
Methodological and Disciplinary Precedencep. 45
Polygamy in the Historical Contextp. 48
The Philology of Polygamyp. 50
Women in Islamic Law of Inheritancep. 59
The Qur'anic and Interpretive Dichotomyp. 60
The Legal and Exegetical Treatment of the Verses on Inheritancep. 62
Women, Justice, and Interpretation: The Principle of Awlp. 68
Explicitness, Consensus, and Interpretationp. 72
Shares and Heirs in the Comparative Contextp. 72
Shares and Heirs per Blind Surveyp. 79
Description of Data Collectionp. 79
Explanation and Interpretation of Datap. 80
Women in Modern Timesp. 87
Discussionp. 87
Linking Polygamy and Inheritance: Disadvantaging Women by the Numbersp. 87
Discussing the Status of Womenp. 88
Other Contested Perspectivesp. 89
Bespoke Justice versus Tyranny of Majoritismp. 103
Inclusion and Exclusion of Womenp. 119
Conclusionp. 121
Timeline of Scholars and Major Figuresp. 127
Glossary of Key Arabic Terms and Their Derivativesp. 133
Notesp. 149
Bibliographyp. 177
Indexp. 191
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