The stance of Islam regarding certain issues relating to women has remained a hot subject of debate, especially in the last few centuries. Although Islam does not support the basic tenets of the feminist movement, it must be conceded that this movement has served to create awareness in educated Muslim women regarding some of the viewpoints that are presented to them, under the label of Islam, by the clergy.
A careful study of these issues will show that many controversies regarding the stance of Islam on women have arisen because of misunderstanding the view of Islam in this regard. In recent times, the works of Hamīd al-Dīn al-Farāhī (d. 1930 AD), Amīn Ahsan Islāhī (d. 1997 AD) and Jāved Ahmad Ghāmidī (b. 1951 AD) have attempted to clarify the stance of the Islamic sharī‘ah on various issues.1 Most of the clarifications presented in this booklet are based on their research. In some cases, I have attempted to clarify an issue keeping in view their overall approach.
No research is final. Being a human endeavour, it can never be without blemishes. However, every new research needs to be given a serious thought. We would therefore request our readers to critically evaluate the ideas presented and weigh the arguments that are proffered in the light of reason and revelation.
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