Friday, October 10, 2003

Moroccan Feminism

King Muhammad VI of Morocco is overhauling Morocco's family law to give women more rights, quoting the Prophet Muhammad as saying of women, "An honorable man will honor them, and only an ignoble man will humble them." The reforms would raise the marriage age for women from 15 to 18, give them divorce rights, and require their permission before their husbands can marry additional wives. The Moroccan royal family has encouraged feminism in the kingdom for at least two generations now., and these reforms, once enacted, can help set a new standard for the treatment of women in the Islamic world.


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