It has long been argued that Islam liberated Muslim women by
granting them full rights as citizens. Yet in reality we see that
in much of the Muslim world women have long been subjected to both
cultural and political oppression. Instances such as forced
marriages, arbitrary divorces, female mutilations and other abuses
are sadly common in the Muslim World, as are restrictions on
women's education and on their role in the labour force. This book
explores these problems and highlights the contrast with what Islam
- through the Qur'an and the Sunna - in fact prescribes. The cause
of such contradictions are shown to lie in other socio-cultural and
political dynamics, quite outside the realm of the revealed
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