Palestinian Islamic Family Law: Is it a Religious Issue or Patriarchy or Both?

Author(s): Dima Saleh
Final project
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Gender and Religion
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The project proposal looks at the Islamic family law and the complicated situation in Palestine but there are different laws being applied in the West Bank courts and in the Gaza Strip courts. The proposal analysis these laws including those on polygamy and divorce and their consequences for the lives of women and women‘s rights as well as the importance different women‘s movements have placed on changing these laws. On the basis of the analysis several suggestions are made regarding how to change the legal situation in Palestine so that women‘s human rights are respected.