Women, Islam, and the Law

Womanism, Shari’a, and Human Rights in Africa
  • Hauwa IbrahimEmail author
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This chapter reflects on the core value of Shari’a in elevating womanism as the nucleus of societies to be reverenced, respected, and honored. This in turn ensures that human rights and the worth of the woman are not taken for granted and are being upheld. We could hypothesize on the interpretation and translation of Islamic legal text in different societies, but the baseline is that Womanism is celebrated in Islam. This chapter proposes a framework for understanding the interconnections between Womanism, human rights, and Islamic cosmology in seeking justice for women in some societies where Shari’a law is being implemented. One of the central aspects of this framework is understanding the nuances of “women’s power” within the context of religion, cultures, societies, and practices. Important is the sacredness of womanhood and the inherent worth she is invested with for all humanity.


Western feminism African feminism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Peace InstituteSudburyUSA
  2. 2.Wellesley Centers for WomenWellesleyUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Political Science and Public AdministrationBabcock UniversityIlishan RemoNigeria

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