Women of the Jordan: Islam, Labor, and the Law (Gender, Culture, and Politics in the Middle East)

By: Sonbol, Amira El-Azhary

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An incisive study of the past, present, and future of Jordanian and Palestinian women women and issues of employment, education, human rights, Islamic law, and legal practice. Focusing specifically on Jordanian and Palestinian women, Amira El-Azhary Sonbol shows the legal constraints extant in a number of legal codes, namely penal codes that permit violence against Muslim women and personal status laws that require a husband's permission for a woman to work. Leniency in honor crimes and early marriage and motherhood for girls are other factors which extend the patriarchal power throughout an Arab and Muslim woman's life, and ultimately deny her full legal competency. Constitutions may declare all citizens equal before the eyes of the law, but labor, personal status, and criminal laws contradict this. Significantly, Sonbol notes that social acceptance of these laws as Islamic constitutes a major problem in any effort to change them - even though historically the Islamic Shari'a actually encourages women's work and throughout Islamic history Muslim women have contributed materially to their society's economy. In a book that will make an important contribution to the literature in t

Title: Women of the Jordan: Islam, Labor, and the Law (Gender, Culture, and Politics in the Middle East)

Author Name: Sonbol, Amira El-Azhary

Categories: Women's Studies,

Publisher: Syracuse University Press: 2003-01-01

ISBN Number: 0815629648

ISBN Number 13: 9780815629641

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Used: Very Good

Type: Hardcover

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