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Islam and Feminism (1991)

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Examination of the inequities in Pakistan's Islamic law of "Zina"

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Islam and Feminism examines the inequities in Pakistan's Islamic law, which does not distinguish among rape, adultery, and "fornication." Under this law, a woman and a man arrested for fornicating were sentenced to 100 lashes and death by stoning. In Pakistani courts, the testimony of two women is valued as equal to that of one man. And, although some of Pakistan's most prominent leaders are women, a rape victim can be charged under Islamic law with having had extramarital sex. This report examines these contradictions, and introduces the efforts of such organizations as the urban Women's Action Forum and the rural Sindihani Tahreeq to battle the severe discrimination which Pakistani women, as women in many Islamic countries, must endure. Written by Ali Halai <aahalai@home.com>

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