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Law: Access to the Legal System: Arab States
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Until the 1970s, scholarship neglected the question of how women might have fared in premodern legal systems. This was due to lack of archival sources, but also to scholars' basic assumption that the discriminatory provisions of Islamic law as found in legal text books (muṭūn) would predetermine how women fared in legal systems. When Ottoman archival sources became more widely accessible in the 1970s and 1980s, scholars discovered that wo…

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Würth, Anna, “Law: Access to the Legal System: Arab States”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 09 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0105b>
First published online: 2009

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