Gender Equity in Islam – free ebook

When dealing with the Islamic perspective of any topic, there  should be a clear
distinction between the normative  teachings of Islam and the diverse cultural  practices among Muslims, which may or may not be consistent with them. The focus of this paper is the normative teachings  of Islam as the criteria to judge Muslim practices and evaluate their compliance with Islam. In identifying what is “Islamic,” it is necessary to make a distinction between the primary sources  of Islam  (the Qur’an and the Sunnah) and legal opinions of scholars on specific issues, which may vary and be influenced by their  times, circumstances, and cultures. Such opinions and verdicts do not enjoy the infallibility  accorded to the primary and revelatory sources. Furthermore, interpretation of the primary sources should consider, among other things…

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