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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Should Women become Kadhis?

This question is causing friction between two prominent Muslim organizations in the country. The Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya, a conservative leaning group, is opposed to the move while Muslims for Human Rights, a liberal minded body, is advocating for the appointment of female kadhis.

So is the exclusion of women from judgeship positions a culturally constructed phenomenon or a religiously fixed edict?
Shouldn't Muslims, the beneficiaries of a special treatment by a secular constitution, recognize the importance of gender diversity in all aspects of society? What makes it impossible for learned women to adjudicate in matters relating to family disputes and marriage- their area of natural expertise?

Or is this radical feminism disguised as affirmative action?

What are your thoughts on this?

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