Women, family and laws

Knowing Our Rights

Women, family, laws and customs in the Muslim world

This Handbook is an outcome of the Women & Law in the Muslim World action-research Programme of the international solidarity network, Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML). WLUML was founded in 1984. Originally, the network was an action committee, formed in response to several specifi c cases that urgently required attention. In each of these cases, women were being denied rights by those who claimed to be acting in the name of Islam or with reference to ‘Islamic’ laws. In response, those who initiated the network aimed to mobilize solidarity and protest, particularly from within Muslim contexts, with the goal of unmasking the political motives behind this denial of rights and challenging the alleged sacredness of the dictates under which women were being oppressed.

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