Family law in contemporary Iran
Women's Rights Activism and Shari'a
Author(s): Marianne Boe
Islam considers the family as the first building block of society and civilization. Monasticism is strongly rejected by the Prophet of Islam (pbuh). The liberation of the self and spiritual elevation are common themes in most world religions. In Islam, the believers are exhorted to protect not only themselves but also their family members from the punishment of the Hereafter (al-Tahrim 66:6). An authentic hadith of the Prophet, peace be upon him, makes a householder accountable for his family as well as his servants. The Prophet also declares that living family life is his sunnah and whoever does not like his sunnah, is not among his followers. Having said that, one of the most commonly misconceived aspect of Islam and Muslims is the alleged inequality toward women. In this book, Marianne Boe focuses on how the debate on the Family Protection Bill, introduced in Iran in 2007, has impacted on the very concept of family, gender identity and the autonomy and legal status of women in Iran....