Seeking greater equality, Indian women turn to unexpected source: Shariah courts

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Khatoon Shaikh founded the all-female Sharia court in Mumbai over 20 years ago. Religion News Service photo by Heather McIlvaine

Khatoon Shaikh founded the all-female Sharia court in Mumbai over 20 years ago. Religion News Service photo by Heather McIlvaine

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MUMBAI, India (RNS) A group of Muslim women in India thinks the path to gender equality lies in the very thing that has been used to oppress them: Shariah. It’s not as much of a paradox as it seems.

  • The women deserve respect

  • Wonderful!
    It is time that Shariah was codified with the participation of several schools of thought (and gender) so at least, the interpretation of Shariah is unified throughout one country even if it is different in other countries. At present, Shariah is cowboy country where anyone with a long beard can decide what God intended…or, should have intended if He had better information….with the result that there is complete confusion about Shariah even among Muslims.

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