Gender Debates in Lebanon: Muslim Shi'i Jurisprudence in Relation to Women's Marital Sexual Rights

Gender Debates in Lebanon: Muslim Shi'i Jurisprudence in Relation to Women's Marital Sexual Rights © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2006 HAWWA 4, 2–3 Also available online – www.brill.nl * Moulouk Berry is an Assistant Professor of Modern and Classical Languages at the University of Michigan Dearborn: 4901 Evergreen Rd. Dearborn, Michigan, 48128; phone: 313–359–4134 and e-mail: mberry@umd.umich.edu. 1 Lamia Rustum Shehadeh, “Introduction” in Women and War in Lebanon (Florida: Florida University Press, 1999). 2 Ibid. GENDER DEBATES IN LEBANON: MUSLIM SHI‘I JURISPRUDENCE IN RELATION TO WOMEN’S MARITAL SEXUAL RIGHTS MOULOUK BERRY* University of Michigan Dearborn Abstract This article deals speci fi cally with the question of sexuality in relation to a wife’s sexual rights in Muslim Shi‘i law. It sheds light on the works of Muslim Shi‘i Lebanese jurisconsult, Muhammad Huseyn Fadl-Allah, who has been instrumental in bringing many changes to gender issues—be it on the ideological or legal levels. This article brie fl y analyses the roles played by Shi‘i women and the Shi‘i speci fi c notion of ijtihad in the for- mulation of progressive rulings that are responsive to women’s aspirations. I ntroduction In the 1990s the political landscape of Lebanon witnessed a number of changes, among which were the end of the Lebanese civil war (under the Ta’if http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Hawwa Brill

Gender Debates in Lebanon: Muslim Shi'i Jurisprudence in Relation to Women's Marital Sexual Rights

Hawwa , Volume 4 (2-3): 131 – Jan 1, 2006

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© 2006 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2006 HAWWA 4, 2–3 Also available online – www.brill.nl * Moulouk Berry is an Assistant Professor of Modern and Classical Languages at the University of Michigan Dearborn: 4901 Evergreen Rd. Dearborn, Michigan, 48128; phone: 313–359–4134 and e-mail: mberry@umd.umich.edu. 1 Lamia Rustum Shehadeh, “Introduction” in Women and War in Lebanon (Florida: Florida University Press, 1999). 2 Ibid. GENDER DEBATES IN LEBANON: MUSLIM SHI‘I JURISPRUDENCE IN RELATION TO WOMEN’S MARITAL SEXUAL RIGHTS MOULOUK BERRY* University of Michigan Dearborn Abstract This article deals speci fi cally with the question of sexuality in relation to a wife’s sexual rights in Muslim Shi‘i law. It sheds light on the works of Muslim Shi‘i Lebanese jurisconsult, Muhammad Huseyn Fadl-Allah, who has been instrumental in bringing many changes to gender issues—be it on the ideological or legal levels. This article brie fl y analyses the roles played by Shi‘i women and the Shi‘i speci fi c notion of ijtihad in the for- mulation of progressive rulings that are responsive to women’s aspirations. I ntroduction In the 1990s the political landscape of Lebanon witnessed a number of changes, among which were the end of the Lebanese civil war (under the Ta’if

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