n South African Law Journal - Unveiling the Mind : The Legal Position of Women in Islam - A South African Context, Najma Moosa : book review

Volume 129, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-2503
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2177



By adopting its final Constitution in 1996, South Africa transformed its legal dispensation and automatically recognised women and men as equals. For Muslim women who were trebly disadvantaged throughout the apartheid era, this was a major improvement in their status. But despite this new legal position, they continued to experience discrimination both culturally and religiously. This book concerns itself with Muslim women's challenging conditions within Islam. The main objective of the book is 'to encourage those women and men... to participate in this debate' (at vi). '[I]t is not the purpose of this book to actually reformulate Islamic law...' (at 11). The author admits that although she is not an Islamic law scholar trained in a Muslim theological seminary, she is a legal scholar with a deep interest in the subject and passionate about the legal rights of women (at ix).

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