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Title:Human Rights of Women and Islamic Identity in Africa
Author:Ahmed Elnaiem, Buthaina
Periodical:Recht in Afrika = Law in Africa = Droit en Afrique
Geographic terms:Africa
Women's Issues
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Religion and Witchcraft
Law, Legal Issues, and Human Rights
Cultural Roles
Status of Women
Abstract:In afro-Islamic societies, the Islamic religion seems to be a particularly important source of cultural legitimacy because of the comprehensive and forceful nature of its precepts. The historical formulations of Islamic religious law, commonly known as sharia, include a system of law and ethics and purport to regulate the behaviour of Muslims, and regulate every aspect of their private and public life. In particular the status and rights of women in the Muslim world have always been significantly influenced by sharia, regardless of the degree of Islamization in the public life of Islamic countries. This article explores the negative as well as the positive aspects of Islamic principles in relation to human rights and the rights of women in particular. The article begins with a brief explanation of the concepts of human rights and cultural legitimacy. It considers the relationship between Islam and human rights in different African countries (Sudan, Egypt, Nigeria) before analysing in some detail the impact of sharia and Islamization on the status and rights of women in afro-Islamic societies. The article finally proposes an Islamic foundation for the promotion of women's rights in Africa. Notes, ref., sum.