Justice and Beauty in Muslim Marriage

Pages: 480
Subject: Religion, Religion: Islam
Imprint: Oneworld Academic

Justice and Beauty in Muslim Marriage

Towards Egalitarian Ethics and Laws

Jana Rumminger, Mulki Al-Sharmani, Ziba Mir-Hosseini, Sarah Marsso

Many contemporary Muslim family laws rest on patriarchal concepts. The time for change is now.
9780861544479 (3 Nov 2022)
RRP £18.99 / US$27.95

The Book

The model of marriage constructed in classical Islamic jurisprudence rests on patriarchal ethics that deny gender equality and privilege men. Notwithstanding reforms introduced over the past few decades, this worldview persists in many contemporary Muslim family laws and in gender norms in various contexts. Yet the changing realities of Muslim families, related to gender roles and the needs of spouses and their children, show the limitations of such ethics and laws.

In this volume, scholars explore how egalitarian Muslim marriages and gender relations can be supported from within Islamic tradition. Brought together by the Musawah movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family, they examine ethics and laws related to marriage from the perspective of the Qur'an, Sunnah, Islamic legal tradition, historical practices and contemporary family law reform processes. Together they conceptualise how contemporary Muslim marital relations can be grounded in equality, mutual well-being and the core Qur'anic principles of ‘adl (justice) and ihsan (goodness and beauty).

Additional Information

Subject Religion, Religion: Islam
Pages 480
Imprint Oneworld Academic


About the Author

Ziba Mir-Hosseini is Professorial Research Associate at the Centre for Middle Eastern and Islamic Law, SOAS, University of London. Mulki Al-Sharmani is Associate Professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Helsinki. Jana Rumminger is a legal researcher and writer who focuses on human rights, gender and Islamic law. Sarah Marsso is a feminist anti-racism activist and Musawah's Knowledge Building Coordinator.

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