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.