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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title “Benevolent Patriarchy” : Palestinian Women between “Ideal” and “Reality”
Author(s) Roald, Anne Sofie
Date 2013
English abstract
In this article polygyny is used to illustrate how the ideal of benevolent patriarchy and the “good” Muslim man as the benevolent patriarch tends to create a discrepancy between the legal and the moral in Islamic legislation as well as in Islamic discourse. The study is based on fieldwork in the West Bank in 2011 when 49 Islamist and Islamic-oriented women were interviewed. The main finding of this study is that Islamist women tend to accept the Islamic gender system as the divine will, and they also accept its legal expression, Personal Status Law. However, there is a little awareness of the lack of legal consequences for men who do not behave according to the moral code, which is not explicitly but only implicitly assumed in the law.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09596410.2013.788275 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Routledge
Host/Issue Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations;3
Volume 24
ISSN 0959-6410
Pages 333-347
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Islam
Palestine
Muslim women
Islamic legislation
polygyny
Personal Status Law
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/15827 (link to this page)

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