n Journal for Islamic Studies - Control and Sexuality, The Revival of Zina Laws in Muslim Contexts, Ziba Mir-Hosseini and Vanja Hamzić : book review

Volume 31, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0257-7062



The political, cultural, and religious justifications for the revival and codification of zin? laws in contemporary Muslim contexts have been hotly debated and contested amongst diverse groups of feminists, activists and civil society actors. At the heart of this debate lies the need to challenge patriarchal understandings and interpretations of religious scriptures and concomitantly foreground the necessity for gender justice in accordance with the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Control and Sexuality, a publication resulting from an extensive research project initiated by the Violence is Not Our Culture (VNC) Campaign and the Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) international solidarity network, offers a critical, rich and insightful survey of the emergence of zin? laws in five country-specific case studies: Indonesia, Iran, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Turkey. By examining the historical and contemporary religio-political landscapes through a feminist lens, Control and Sexuality clearly demonstrates the intricacies and complexities that mark these areas and thus the need for a holistic engagement in order to eradicate zin? regulations.

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