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Legal and Jurisprudential Literature: 9th to 15th Century
(3,698 words)

Islamic law, like most human legal institutions and traditions, was sustained and developed predominantly by patriarchal institutions from its inception, and continues to be so until the present. This did not just mean that most of the interpreters of Islamic law throughout its history were men, but also that the prevailing modes of Islamic legal interpretations and determinations were designed to preserve and promote male privileges over women. Women were made to fit narrowly defined functiona…

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Abou El Fadl, Khaled, “Legal and Jurisprudential Literature: 9th to 15th Century”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 08 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICSIM_0006>
First published online: 2009

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