Women's Rights in a Man's World

Adjudicating, Interpreting, and Enforcing Sharia Law in Islam

Credits: Harvard Divinity School
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On February 27, 2013, Harvard Divinity School hosted a conversation about women and Sharia law in Islam with Judge Kholoud Al-Faqih, the Middle East's first female judge in the religious courts.

Hauwa Ibrahim, Nigerian defense attorney, WSRP Research Associate, and author of Practicing Shariah Law, and Leila Ahmed, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Divinity at HDS and author of A Quiet Revolution: The Veil's Resurgence, from the Middle East to America, joined in the conversation with Judge Al-Faqih, who in 2009 was appointed to the Ramallah Sharia Court in the West Bank, Palestinian Territories and who has been named one of the 10 most powerful Arab women. The Rev. Gloria White-Hammond, MDiv '97 and co-founder of My Sister's Keeper, an international nonprofit that works to end human trafficking and educate women and girls in the war-torn African nation of Sudan, moderated the discussion.

This event was made possible through the generosity of the Susan Shallcross Swartz Endowment. Harvard Divinity School is grateful to Susan Swartz for her ongoing efforts to support vital issues of gender, human rights, and the environment.