In this paper, the authors examine the textual sources that form the foundation of Islam’s egalitarian spirit, consider the challenges posed by historical interpretations of these sources, and think about ways to move forward in promoting gender equity, especially with respect to condemning domestic violence in all its forms. The authors argue that the main task ahead, beyond restoring the rights and protections originally given to women by Islam’s foundational sources, will be for men and boys to take a leading role in making the gender-equal message of Islam a reality.
The report is published by the Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW), a national nonprofit organization, whose overarching mission is to ensure the equality, equity and empowerment of Muslim women. Founded in 1982, the organization has drawn upon faith and social justice for the betterment of Canadian society.
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