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Justice and Beauty in Muslim Marriage

Towards Egalitarian Ethics and Laws

Ziba Mir-Hosseini Mulki Al-Sharmani

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).

  • Publication date: November 3, 2022
  • ISBN: 9780861544479
  • RRP: £18.99
  • Pages: 416
  • Publication date: November 3, 2022
  • ISBN: 9780861544486
  • RRP: £13.00
  • Pages: 480

Ziba Mir-Hosseini

Ziba Mir-Hosseini is Professorial Research Associate at the Centre for Middle Eastern and Islamic Law, SOAS, University of London. A legal anthropologist, specialising in Islamic law, gender and development, she is a founding member of Musawah Global Movement for Equality and Justice in the Muslim Family. Her previous publications include Islam and Gender: The Religious Debate in Contemporary Islam and Men in Charge? Rethinking Authority in Muslim Legal Tradition.

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Mulki Al-Sharmani

Mulki Al-Sharmani is Academy of Finland research fellow and lecturer, Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki, and research coordinator of the Musawah knowledge-building initiative to rethink the notion of male authority in Muslim family laws. Her research interests include Muslim family laws, Islamic feminism, gender, migration and transnationalism. She is the editor of Feminist Activism: Women’s Rights and Legal Reform (ZED Books, forthcoming 2014), and her Egyptian Muslim Family Laws: Legal Reforms and Gender Justice is under consideration for publication.

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