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Gendered Subjectivity in Muslim Women’s Experiences of Muslim Personal Law in South Africa

Legal Experience: Gendered Subjectivity in Muslim Women’s Experiences of Muslim Personal Law in South Africa

This project focuses on the production of the female subject of Islamic law through the lived experiences of South African Muslim women. Over the past 23 years of family law reform, the number of studies on women’s experiences of Muslim marriage and divorce law have been minimal. The focus instead has been on the voices and interests of religious leaders. Progressive women’s voices in the national debate on Muslim marriage have also been only marginal. Through, roundtable discussions, interviews and focus groups, the project will create an archive of knowledge of the lived experiences of the practice of Muslim personal law in South Africa, to understand the ways in which Muslim marriage and divorce practices produce gendered legal subjectivities for South African Muslim women.

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