Egyptian Women, Gender Equality and Sharia La

Members of the Constituent Assembly agreed last week to remove a proposed article which provided some constitutional support for gender equality — provided that such equality did not violate the provisions of Islamic Sharia law.

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Secularists had objected to women’s rights being made conditional on Sharia.This, they argued, would endanger the whole concept of equality, and could be used as a backdoor to strip women of civil and political rights they have already gained, like the right to be nominated for presidential elections or to hold high government positions, as well as the right to work and education.

Salafi forces, meanwhile, believed that openly granting the right of gender equality without restrictions was a Western idea that would endanger the provisions of Sharia, and would encourage secularists to challenge laws permitting polygamy or change Sharia-compliant inheritance laws.

Read the rest: Egyptian Women and Sharia Law.

So Egyptian women can be equal if their equality doesn’t violate the provisions of Islamic Sharia law.

Do they mean the provisions like these?

Under Islamic law, women are considered inferior to men
Under Islamic law, rape can only be proven if the rapist confesses or if there are four male witnesses.
Under Islamic law, Muslim men are allowed to have up to four wives at one time
Under Islamic law, a husband is allowed to beat his wife if the wife won’t obey him
Under Islamic law, women can’t be religious leaders or hold public office
Under Islamic law, women leave home without a male family member

How sad it is that Egyptian women will be relegated back to the status of chattel in this new dark age of Islamic totalitarian theocratic rule.


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About Asma Marwan

The Story of the Poetess Asma bint [daughter of] Marwan and her Death * There was a poetess [in Medina] who wrote a poem against Mohammed and his new way of life, Islam. Mohammed said, “Who will rid me of Marwan’s daughter?” One of his followers heard him and on that very night went to the woman’s home and killed her. The assassin was able to do the work in the dark as the woman slept. Her other children lay in the room, but her babe lay on her breast. The stealthy assassin removed the child and drove the knife into her with such force that he pinned her to the bed. In the morning, he went to Mohammed and told him [what he’d done]. Mohammed said, “You have helped Allah and his Apostle.” When asked about the consequences, Mohammed said, “Two goats won’t butt their heads together over this.” Mohammed turned to the people in the mosque. He said, “If you wish to see a man who has assisted Allah and his Prophet, look ye here.” Omar cried, “What, the blind Omeir?” “No,” said Mohammed, “call him Omeir the Seeing.” * from the Sira (the life of Mohammed) Source Texts Guillaume, A. 1955. The Life of Mohammad: A Translation of Bin Ishaq’s Sirat Rasul Allah Oxford: Oxford University Press, page 996. Muir, Sir William. 1923. The Life of Mohammad: From Original Sources Edinburgh: Reprint, John Grant, page 239.