What is an
Islamic view of women’s rights? Is there an
authentic Islamic interpretation of this issue?
The central argument of this article is that there
is no unique Islamic view of women’s rights and even more, that according to the very nature and spirit of Islamic
law itself, there should be no such version.
The article starts with an overview of
states’ international obligations with regard to
protection of women’s rights. It continues with
some examples of implementation of these obligations in several states proclaiming Islam
as official religion and source of legislation.
This part of the article demonstrates diversity of views existing among such
states and insists on the fact that it is not
religion itself, but its misuse by patriarchal totalitarian regimes that impedes
any development towards improvement of the situation of women in some Muslim
states. Finally, the article suggests that international lawyers shall abandon sacralizing
religiously framed defences of certain states and be in contrast more attentive
and sensitive to difficulties faced by other Muslim states in their effort to
reform and reinterpret Islamic law.