Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Egyptian woman parliamentarian challenges orthodox Islam

Zeinab Radwan, the deputy speaker of Egyypt’s Parliament and a professor of Islamic studies, has argued against the mainstream interpretation of Sharia law by suggesting that a woman’s voice is equal to a man’s, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.

Sparking outrage amongst politicians, scholars, and religious leaders, Radwan continued her break from tradition by suggesting that non-Muslims should have increased civil rights; a cause that human-rights groups have long championed.

In the face of this opposition, Radwan insists her claims are based on sound, if different, juristic interpretations of the Islamic faith.

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