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Women in Search of Common Ground: Between Islamic and International Human Rights Law*

Ziba Mir-Hosseini

in Islamic Law and International Human Rights Law

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199641444
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191741104 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641444.003.0016
Women in Search of Common Ground: Between Islamic and International Human Rights Law*

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In mid-February 2009, several hundred scholars, activists, legal practitioners, and policy-makers from forty-seven countries gathered in Kuala Lumpur for five days to launch Musawah (‘equality’ in Arabic), a global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family. This chapter describes the story behind the formation of Musawah and the shaping of the Framework for Action, which herald a new phase in the encounter between Islamic and international human rights law. One salient feature of this phase is that it brings women, rather than the abstract notion of ‘gender equality’, to centre stage.

Keywords: Musawah; equality; justice; Muslim family; Islamic law; international human rights law; gender equality

Chapter.  6668 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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