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Politics and the Muslim Woman

Benazir Bhutto

in Liberal Islam

Published in print October 1998 | ISBN: 9780195116212
Published online November 2007 |
  Politics and the Muslim Woman

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Benazir Bhutto (Pakistan, born 1953), twice prime minister of Pakistan (19881990 and 19931996), is known more for her political activities than for her religious scholarship. Following the overthrow and execution of her father, Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Benazir Bhutto adopted the leadership of his Pakistani People's Party and opposed the Islamic regime of General Zia-ul-Haq. She spent years in jail, under house arrest, and in exile. As a political leader in an Islamic country, Bhutto has naturally been sensitive to charges that Islam prohibits women from holding such positions. 1 In the speech excerpted here, from her period of exile, she argues that Islamic law does not treat women as inferior to men or incapable of leadership. 2

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