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Evolution of Islamic Law and Women’s Spaces Within It

Flavia Agnes

in Law and Gender Inequality

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195655247
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081189 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195655247.003.0003
Evolution of Islamic Law and Women’s Spaces Within It

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This chapter examines the development and evolution of Islamic law in India and describes women’s rights under Islamic jurisprudence. It explains that though the Islamic law is later origin than the smritis, it lays greater claim to divinity and its evolution is not through a process of continuous revelations but through a rational method of interpretations. It traces the history of the introduction of the Shariat law in India and discusses reforms of Islamic law to meet the demand of the changing social conditions and values.

Keywords: Islamic law; women’s rights; Islamic jurisprudence; smritis; divinity; Shariat law; social conditions

Chapter.  4727 words. 

Subjects: Family Law

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