GENDER ISSUES IN APPLICATION OF ISLAMIC LAW IN NIGERIA

UMAR, MUHAMMAD S. (2009) GENDER ISSUES IN APPLICATION OF ISLAMIC LAW IN NIGERIA. Al Jamiah, Vol.45 (No.1). ISSN 2338-557X

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Abstract

This essay explores gender issues in the contemporary application of Islamic law in the Muslim majority-states of northern Nigeria. Brief political background helps to explain the sharia codes enacted by the legislatures of the states, drawing largely from the classical formulations of Maliki school of Islamic law. Women were among the first to be prosecuted and sentenced to death by stoning for the offence of zina. To provide effective legal defense for the accused women, their lawyers and activists for women human rights had to argue in Islamic law before they could convince Sharia Courts of Appeal to overturn the sentences of death by stoning and set the women free. In the process, women activists learned a lot about the classical formulations of Maliki school of Islamic law, where they discovered the rich flexibility of Islamic thought, and that has empowered them to articulate Islamic criticisms against gender bias in the recently enacted sharia codes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Gender Issues, Application of Islamic Law, Maliki School of Thought, Nigeria
Subjects: AGAMA - PERBANDINGAN - PENDIDIKAN
Divisions: Jurnal > 4. Al Jamiā€™ah
Depositing User / Editor: Users 1 not found.
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2013 09:33
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2017 09:01
URI: http://digilib.uin-suka.ac.id/id/eprint/751

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