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Law: Other Schools of Family Law: Overview
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This entry discusses how women are treated in the twelver Shīʿī (Jaʿfarī) school of law and the factors that shaped the issuance of juridical rulings on women in Shiʿism.

Derivation of legal rulings ( aḥkām ) on women in Shiʿism was contingent on the patriarchal character of Arab culture prevalent in the eighth and ninth centuries. The methodologies that the jurists (fuqahāʾ) utilized in the derivation of juridical rulings also affected the rulings on women. Hence…

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Takim, Liyakat, “Law: Other Schools of Family Law: Overview”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0112>
First published online: 2009

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