Saturday, 17 October 2009

Women's rights in Islam

Effort to improve the status of women in Islam occurred during the early reforms under Islam between 610 and 661, when women were given greater rights in marriage, divorce and inheritance.[1] In 622 the Constitution of Medina was drafted by the Islamic prophet Muhammad, outlining many of Muhammad's early reforms under Islam, including an improved legal status for women in Islam, who were generally given greater rights than women in pre-Islamic Arabia[1][2] and medieval Europe.[3] Women were not accorded with such legal status in other cultures until centuries later.[4]

[1] Esposito (2005) p. 79
[2] Majid Khadduri, Marriage in Islamic Law: The Modernist Viewpoints, American Journal of Comparative Law, Vol. 26, No. 2, pp. 213-218
[3] Encyclopedia of religion, second edition, Lindsay Jones, p.6224, ISBN 0-02-865742-X
[4] Lindsay Jones, p.6224