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Abubakar on “Gender Justice in Islamic Law”

Musa Usman Abubakar (Associate Professor in the Department of Islamic Law at Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria) has published a new book, Gender Justice in Islamic Law (Hart 2018). Here is the publisher’s description: This book seeks to interrogate the classical … Continue reading

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“Islamic law has been officially adopted in Britain, with sharia courts given powers to rule on Muslim civil cases.”

That’s the first sentence of this article from the online version of the London Times. It reports in part: The government has quietly sanctioned the powers for sharia judges to rule on cases ranging from divorce and financial disputes to … Continue reading

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“Islam vs. Christianity, Re: Feminism”

That’s the title of this interesting post at Screaming Into The Void. Amananta writes in part: Given there are only 300 million people living in America, and approximately 1 billion estimated in”the Muslim World”, given that most women killed by … Continue reading

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“Islam and the Left. Dialogue or cold war?”

Though the focus is much broader than simply gender issues, this exchange at Reset DOC will be interesting to many feminists.

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“A Pakistani minister and woman’s activist has been shot dead by an Islamic extremist for refusing to wear the veil.”

According to this Times Online report: … Zilla Huma Usman, the minister for social welfare in Punjab province and an ally of President Pervez Musharraf, was killed as she was about to deliver a speech to dozens of party activists, … Continue reading

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“No Rest for a Feminist Fighting Radical Islam”

So says the NYT, in a book review that starts as follows: Ayaan Hirsi Ali came to the attention of the wider world in an extraordinary way. In 2004 a Muslim fanatic, after shooting the filmmaker Theo van Gogh dead … Continue reading

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“Putting a Different Face on Islam in America”

From this NYT article: …This month, Professor Mattson, a 43-year-old convert, was elected president of the Islamic Society of North America, the largest umbrella organization for Muslim groups in the United States and Canada, making her a prominent voice for … Continue reading

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Feminism and Islam

In the June 19th issue of the Nation, Laila Lalami has published a review essay entitled “The Missionary Position” in which she considers Irshad Manji’s book, The Trouble With Islam Today: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in Her Faith, and … Continue reading

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The Feminism and Legal Theory Project Presents: “All in the Family? Islam, Women, and Human Rights”

Emory Law School ● Atlanta ● Georgia March 3rd and 4th, 2006 Registration information available here. Friday, March 3, 2006 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM – Session I: Underlying Theory Islamic Feminism and the Issue of Dependency: An Iranian Case … Continue reading

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Shayara Bano v. Union of India: A Watershed Moment in the Battle for Women’s Rights in India

The following is a guest post by Malcolm Katrak. Mr. Katrak is a Law Clerk to Justice (Retd.) S. N. Variava, Former Judge, Supreme Court of India. In the past, he has worked with Mr. Darius Khambata, Former Vice-President, London … Continue reading

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For the Judith Butler Fans

An interview entitled “A Very Carefully Crafted F**k You” from 2010. Below is an excerpt: Guernica: The hawkish wing in the “war on terror” has quite effectively claimed the banner of feminism. Is feminism as it has been articulated in … Continue reading

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Iranian Women Now Barred From Numerous College Majors Including Engineering, Nuclear Physics, Computer Science, English Literature, Archaeology and Business.

From the BBC News: More than 30 universities have introduced new rules banning female students from almost 80 different degree courses. These include a bewildering variety of subjects from engineering, nuclear physics and computer science, to English literature, archaeology and … Continue reading

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McDougall, “Bigamy and Christian Identity in Late Medieval Champagne”

Sara McDougall (History, John Jay College) has published Bigamy and Christian Identity in Late Medieval Champagne (Penn Press 2012).  Here is the publisher’s description: The institution of marriage is commonly thought to have fallen into crisis in late medieval northern … Continue reading

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UN Human Rights Council Passes Resolution on Gay Rights

From The Advocate: The United Nation’s Human Rights Council has approved for the first time a resolution condemning discrimination and violence against LGBT individuals. In the resolution, passed Friday in Geneva, the council “[expresses] grave concern at acts of violence and … Continue reading

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Celebrating Divorce

The nation has a rising fascination with matrimonial discord. Apart from improving the ratings for “Real Housewives” shows, divorce is often looked at as a sad unavoidable reality. Two news items remind us that divorce is actually something to celebrate. … Continue reading

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Informed Consent- What Role Should Gender and Religion Play?

I teach a number of courses, including Health Care Law and Patient’s Rights, at Barry University School of Law in Orlando, Florida.  Last week, I led a discussion about Informed Consent to first year medical students at the University of … Continue reading

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Request for Law Prof Pledges of Support for Park51 Project (aka “Ground Zero” “Mosque”)

From law professors Susan P. Koniak (Boston University), George M. Cohen (Virginia) and David A. Dana (Northwestern): This is not a request to sign a joint letter. We thought, as a community, we could raise our voices instead by pledging financial support … Continue reading

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Mayor Bloomberg on Tolerance

The proposed construction of a Muslim community center and mosque in Lower Manhattan has received national media attention.  Earlier this week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg made a tremendous plea for tolerance.  It is one of the best political speeches I have … Continue reading

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Choudhury on “Globalizing the Margins”

Cyra Akila Choudhury (FIU) has posted to SSRN her article “Globalizing the Margins: Legal Exiles in the War on Terror and Liberal Feminism’s War for Muslim Women,” 9 Int. Rev.   of   Constitutionalism (2010)Here is the abstract: In the … Continue reading

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What Not to Wear, Religious Edition, Take 2: Supreme Court of Michigan Finalizes Attire Rule of Evidence, With Lawsuit to Follow

Back in June, I posted  an entry about the Supreme Court of Michigan’s adoption of an amendment to Michigan Rule of Evidence 611  which provides as follows: (b) Appearance of Parties and Witnesses. The court shall exercise reasonable control over … Continue reading

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Brave Afghani Women Protest Law Change

Did you see this article in the New York Times this morning, about the 300 women protesting a new law that would give men in the Shiite minority community virtually complete control over the lives of their wives?  The NYT … Continue reading

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Gender Law Journals vs. Women’s Law Journals: What’s In a Name?

Inside HigherEd carried this interview  under the heading, “The Evolution of American Women’s Studies.”  In it, Alice E. Ginsberg, the editor of    The Evolution of American Women’s Studies: Reflections on Triumphs, Controversies and Change  (Palgrave Macmillan), talks about how … Continue reading

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Campaign for Peace and Democracy: Letter to Defend Shirin Ebadi

IRANIAN HUMAN RIGHTS LEADER SHIRIN EBADI IN DANGER PEACE ACTIVISTS CALL ON TEHERAN TO ENSURE HER SAFETY To: Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Ayatollah Shahrudi, Head of the Judiciary Mohammad Khazaee, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United … Continue reading

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“Pakistan ignores justice and holds women in contempt”

Read this Op-Ed by Anber Raz of Equality Now in The Independent. Below is an excerpt: More than 100 schools for girls have been torched or blasted by militants in the Swat valley and other tribal areas, where it is … Continue reading

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Yasmeen Hassan, “A War on Pakistan’s Schoolgirls”

From the WaPo: I have such fond childhood memories of summer holidays in the Swat Valley in Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province, a place well known among Pakistanis for its breathtaking views, cool summer climate and lush fruit orchards. But today … Continue reading

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The Iranian government has commuted the execution of Kobra Najjar, an Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery – a judgment based on the prostitution her abusive husband forced upon her in order to sustain his heroin addiction – but the stoning sentence has been converted into 100 lashes.

From Equality Now: Kobra has already served eight years in prison as an accomplice to the murder of her husband who was killed by a sympathetic client, plus a further three years awaiting execution.  Kobra has recently suffered from a … Continue reading

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FUNDAMENTALIST PRESSURE IN NORTH WEST FRONTIER PROVINCE OF PAKISTAN, HAS LED TO ALARMING VIOLENCE AND DISCRIMINATION AGAINST GIRLS AND WOMEN

From Equality Now: In late December 2008 the Taliban ordered a ban on girls’ education in the district of Swat in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan.   The announcement made by an extremist cleric, Maulana Fazlullah through an … Continue reading

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Women and Girls As Property

The source is the Daily Mail, a newspaper of somewhat dubious reliability, and I can’t find similar accounts anywhere else, but fwiw (ETA: Guardian article here): Saudi court tells girl aged EIGHT she cannot divorce husband who is 50 years … Continue reading

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Feminists Don’t Care About The Women In Iran, And The Sexualized Mockery Of A Powerful Woman Politician Has Nothing To Do With The Stonings Of Women Who Are Deemed Too Sexual.

Or so says Kathleen Parker in the WaPo. Who needs to start here. And then go here, and here, and here, and here, and here, where a reporter notes: Currently, in Iran, there are nine women sentenced to death by … Continue reading

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Russell Powell, “Catharine MacKinnon May Not Be Enough: Legal Change and Religion in Catholic and Sunni Jurisprudence”

The abstract: This article asserts that legal change in systems influenced by religion requires a legitimizing hermeneutic rooted in sacred texts and tradition. I argue that a number scholars of legal history (Michael Klarman), feminist jurisprudence Catharine MacKinnon, Katherine Bartlett … Continue reading

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Afghan women jailed for being victims of rape

I am re-posting the entire article because of its terminal sentence: Beneath the anonymity of the sky-blue burqa, Saliha’s slender frame and voice betray her young age.Asked why she was serving seven years in jail alongside hardened insurgents and criminals, … Continue reading

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Gilbert on Denial of French Citizenship to Niqab-Wearing Woman

Via the Immigration Law Profs listserv,  Feminist Law Prof Lauren Gilbert (St. Thomas University School of Law) shared her thoughts on the French Council of State’s decision to deny French citizenship to a Muslim woman on the grounds of “insufficient … Continue reading

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Death of Louise Halper

From the FLP mailbox, this sad news of the death of Professor Louise Halper of Washington & Lee Law School:   Louise Halper, professor of law and director of the Frances Lewis Law Center at Washington and Lee University, died … Continue reading

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“Sacrificed to the Surge”

That would be the women of Iraq. From Newsweek: … At the national level, some women are still fighting to open up Iraqi society. Women’s Affairs Minister Narmin Othman, for instance, is waging a campaign against “honor killings.” If a … Continue reading

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Feminist Jurisprudence Day at Hamline, April 11, 2008!

Hamline University Klas Center St. Paul, Minnesota A day of dialogue on gender and the state. Students, legal practitioners, and community advocates encouraged to attend. Our list of panelists continues to grow. See the list below for details. Morning Panels … Continue reading

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“Turkey’s Political Tensions Weigh on Women’s Heads”

That’s the title of this essay by Yiga Schleifer about the headscarf issue in Turkey. Below is an excerpt: … The issue has become especially contentious among Turkish women’s organizations. Some of the most vocal protests against the lifting of … Continue reading

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Report on “Working From the World Up” Conference

Yesterday was the second and final day of the conference”Working From the World Up: Equality’s Future”(subtitled”A New Legal Realism Conference Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Feminism and Legal Theory Project”).   The conference is sponsored by the University of … Continue reading

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Afghanistan

The Independent, UK has launched a campaign to secure the freedom of Sayed Pervez Kambaksh. On Tuesday, a provincial court in Afghanistan sentenced the 23 year old journalism student to death for downloading a report that is said to defend … Continue reading

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“Headscarves”

From The Monkey Cage: In this study, subjects were randomly assigned to view a picture of a woman or a picture of this same woman wearing a headscarf in the style of some Islamic women. Here are the two pictures: … Continue reading

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“An Open Letter from American Feminists”

From here: Columnists and opinion writers from The Weekly Standard to the Washington Post to Slate have recently accused American feminists of focusing obsessively on minor or even nonexistent injustices in the United States while ignoring atrocities against women in … Continue reading

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“Police chief in southern city of Basra says religious vigilantes have killed 40 women this year”

Yesterday the International Heral Tribune reported: At least 40 women have died this year at the hands of religious vigilantes in the southern city of Basra, the police chief said Sunday, describing the discovery of mutilated bodies accompanied by dire … Continue reading

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“David Horowitz, Feminist?”

That’s the title of this Katha Pollitt column, which deconstruct’s Horowitz’s efforts to slur academic feminists as at least tacit supporters of “Islamofascism.”

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CFP: HADASSAH-BRANDEIS INSITUTE PROJECT ON GENDER, CULTURE, RELIGION AND THE LAW

UNTYING THE KNOTS; THEORIZING CONFLICTS BETWEEN GENDER EQUALITY AND RELIGIOUS LAWS, April 14-15 2008 at Brandeis University KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: DR. SHIRIN EBADI and PROFESSOR JODY WILLIAMS, Nobel Peace Prize Laureates and founders of the Nobel Women’s Initiative Throughout the world, … Continue reading

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This War

In case General Petraeus runs out of time before testifying to Congress about the experiences of Iraqi women, here’s what human rights organizations think you should know: According to the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq [OWFI], “lack of personal … Continue reading

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Women In Algeria

Interesting (if somewhat confusing in places) NYT article here. Below is an excerpt: … Women make up 70 percent of Algeria’s lawyers and 60 percent of its judges. Women dominate medicine. Increasingly, women contribute more to household income than men. … Continue reading

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Katha Pollitt, “‘Democracy’ Is Hell”

Here is an excerpt from Katha Pollitt’s new essay at The Nation: … Women’s status was never as high under Saddam as opponents of the war sometimes asserted, and it was already declining throughout the 1990s, as Saddam embraced Islam … Continue reading

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“Western Women” and Muslim Headscarves

In the on-line version of Newsweek, Eleanor Clift writes, in When Is a Scarf Just a Scarf?, about Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s much-attacked decision to wear a headscarf, or hijab, while visiting a mosque on a recent visit to Syria. Clift … Continue reading

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“Germany Cites Koran in Rejecting Divorce”

From the NYT: A German judge has stirred a storm of protest here by citing the Koran in turning down a German Muslim woman’s request for a fast-track divorce on the ground that her husband beat her. In a remarkable … Continue reading

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This Is Very Difficult To Read And Absorb

Yahoo News reports: Sudanese women to be stoned for adultery: Amnesty Two Sudanese women have been sentenced to death by stoning for adultery after a trial in which they had no lawyer and which used Arabic, not their first language, … Continue reading

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AALS Workshop on Reproductive Medicine and Law, June 20-22, 2007, Vancouver BC

From the official announcement: The Association of American Law Schools and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine are jointly sponsoring a workshop on Reproductive Medicine and the Law. After more than two decades, assisted reproductive technologies coupled with increasingly sophisticated … Continue reading

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