'Authentic Sharia' as Cause and Cure for Women's Human Rights Violations in Northern Nigeria
Journal of Women of the Middle East and the Islamic World 9 (2011) 152-170
19 Pages Posted: 12 Mar 2013
Date Written: 2011
By analysing the proposals contained in the report, “Promoting Women’s Rights Through Sharia in Northern Nigeria,” which was published by the Centre for Islamic Legal Studies at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) in Zaria in 2005, this paper explores the complexities and consequences of a rights strategy grounded in “an authentic understanding of Sharia.” The paper argues that this strategy may further constrain the discourses of debate for Muslim women in northern Nigeria. It also discusses how the strategy privatizes responsibility for poverty eradication, and how it ignores competing languages of social change, including Nigerian and international women’s rights.
Keywords: Sharia, Northern Nigeria, Women’s Human Rights, and Muslim women’s activism
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