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Title:Women's organisations seeking gender justice in the Sudan 1964-1985
Author:Halim, Asma Mohamed AbdelISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Volume:36
Issue:121
Pages:389-407
Language:English
Geographic term:Sudan
Subjects:women's rights
Islamic law
gender inequality
women's organizations
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03056240903220589
Abstract:Although the Sudan has a multiple legal system governing various aspects of its people's lives, Sharia (Islamic law) has been applied consistently to family law. Sharia, Muslim's interpretation of religious norms expressed in the Koran and Sunna, differs according to the time and place of application. This article compares attempts by two women's groups, the Sudanese Women's Union and the Republican Sisters, to challenge the Sharia rules that governed women's status during the period 1964-1985. The article discusses the factors that shaped their methods and conceptualization of their quest to seek gender justice without losing religious legitimacy. The Republican Sisters proved that a reinterpretation of Islamic norms can be advocated by a religious group, and not just by secular ones. The political and social climate had, and continues to have, a significant effect on the laws and the ways women react to their suppression in the name of religion. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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