The Political Competence of Women in Islamic Law

Ahmed Zaki Yamani

in Islam in Transition: Muslim Perspectives

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195174304
Published online November 2007 |
The Political Competence of Women in Islamic Law

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Born in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, he was educated at Cairo University and at New York University Law School; he received his LL.M. from Harvard University School of Law. He serves as Minister of State and was Saudi Arabia's Minister of Petroleum from 1962 to 1986 and subsequently OPEC's first Secretary General. A specialist in law and Islamic law, he is regarded as the founder of many of the kingdom's modern laws and regulations.

Yamani here posits Gods intention to treat men and women as equal partners on earth. The only distinctions permitted between people, including between men and women, are those drawn in terms of their piety. Yamani says that texts that appear to do otherwise, such as Qurnic verses mandating a lesser share of inheritance for women, are to be seen as exceptional. Distinctions regarding inheritance have obvious financial reasons, although he does not state what these are. Yamani asserts that womens political participation is a legal duty in Islam but that it requires a major juristic interpretive effort to change the social climate that has obstructed such participation in reality.

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