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Working Paper: Women as Judges
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Women as Judges

The appointment of women judges in Muslim countries remains a controversial issue, due to general perception that such appointment might not be in conformity with the shari'ah. There is no clear nass or authority in the textual sources- ie. the Qur'an and the authentic Sunnah of the Prophet (s.a.w) - that allows or disallows women to be appointed as judges. Several juristic interpretations of these sources, however, discriminate against women, going against the spirit of gender equality that is clear woven into fabric of Islam.

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