Status and Rights of Women Under Islamic Law

4 Pages Posted: 10 Sep 2012

Date Written: August 15, 2012


In the entire literary history of the world there has been a comical distortion of the Islamic law on the status and rights of women. Muslim woman is today visualized by the non-Muslims as miserable creature secluded from the rest of the world and devoid of all natural and human rights. Ironically, this disgraceful image of women is baselessly ascribed to a socio-religious philosophy which has the credit of once picking up womanhood from the nether regions of human society and elevating it to the highest pedestal of dignity and honour. Very unfortunately, this travesty of truth is mistaken for truth in all parts of the contemporary non-Muslim world. Reflected in the widely prevalent misconceptions regarding women’s rights in Islam are of course, both deliberate distortions and naïve misunderstandings – motivated misrepresentations and honest misgivings. this brief paper attempts to explain how women really enjoy more rights under the Islamic law than granted to them under any other legal system.

Keywords: Islam, Qur'an, Sunnah, Muhammad (saw), Marriage, Iddat

Suggested Citation

Bhat, Iftikhar, Status and Rights of Women Under Islamic Law (August 15, 2012). Available at SSRN: or

Iftikhar Bhat (Contact Author)

University of Kashmir ( email )

Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir

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