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Law: Criminal: Overview
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Women in Islamic cultures, in common with women in other cultures, are likely to be subject to distinctly gendered criminal law and process. The majority of official actors in the criminal legal system – whether secular or Islamic – are male; this includes police officers, lawyers, prosecutors, and judges, as well as legislators. Another cross-cultural phenomenon is the under-reporting of crimes of violence – particularly sexual violence – against women and girls, including incest, rape , domestic violence , and sexual harassment, both because of the nature of the complai…

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Welchman, Lynn, “Law: Criminal: Overview”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 23 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0107a>
First published online: 2009

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