By Ahmed E. Souaiaia
Argues that the rights of girls in Muslim society are according to the preserved cultural criteria of elites, no longer the moral philosophy of the Quran.
Contesting Justice examines the improvement of the legislation and practices governing the prestige of ladies in Muslim society, really by way of marriage, polygamy, inheritance, and estate rights. Ahmed E. Souaiaia argues that such legislation weren't methodically derived from criminal resources yet fairly are the preserved knowing and practices of the early ruling elite. established on his quantitative, linguistic, and normative analyses of Quranic texts—and opposite to the proven practice—the writer indicates that those texts sanction in basic terms monogamous marriages, warrantly in basic terms girl heirs’ stocks, and don't prescribe an inheritance precept that awards men two times the stocks of ladies. He significantly explores the best way faith is constructed and then is remodeled right into a social keep watch over mechanism that transcends felony reform, gender-sensitive schooling, or radical modernization. To ameliorate the criminal, political, and fiscal prestige of girls within the Islamic global, Souaiaia recommends the strengthening of civil society associations that may problem wealth-engendered majoritism, curtail society-manufactured conformity, and bridle absolutely the energy of the state.
“…[Souaiaia’s] principles are illuminating … his exam of Qur’anic legislation, rather these pertaining to girls, should still resonate good within the overseas neighborhood. furthermore, he bargains reasonable Muslims a fresh new method of one of these interpretations that experience frequently stifled women’s advancement.” — Religion
“Contesting Justice may be liked from issues of view. it truly is, at the one hand, an advocacy piece, an unique contribution to Islamic notion … yet Justice also contains not less than chapters which, even though a part of the author’s impassioned argument for a brand new view of Islamic legislation, additionally include fabric that finds a lot in regards to the workings of the classical culture … [Souaiaia] is definitely an highbrow to monitor on the North American Muslim scene.” — Studies in Religion
“Contesting Justice is in lots of methods a groundbreaking and pioneering learn that hyperlinks discourses referring to the nature, origins, improvement and the scope of Islamic legislations and practices with the idea that of justice because it pertains to the felony and fiscal prestige of ladies with specified awareness to the Islamic legislation of polygamy and inheritance … Souaiaia’s publication is an exceptionally vital learn and a massive contribution to the literature of Islamic legislations, criminal idea, Islamic hermeneutics, in addition to politics, girls and gender reports and is suggested hugely to all these drawn to those disciplines.” — Middle East reviews on-line Journal
“In Contesting Justice, Ahmed Souaiaia bargains an cutting edge exam of the hyperlink among social justice and the Islamic interpretive and felony culture … the author’s efforts at combining a theoretical technique and functional technique are commendable and intensely welcome efforts for students, scholars, and practitioners of Islamic legislations and human rights.” — Journal of center East Women’s Studies