The rise of female Sharia judges in India

The number of women “qazis” — who govern Islamic law — in India is growing, according to an article from Aljazeera. Ebrahim Moosa, a professor of Islamic studies at the Keough School of Global Affairs, weighed in on the matter.

“The practice of female [qazis] is novel in India, but the idea is not novel,” says Moosa. “There are no teachings in either the Quran or the prophetic tradition that prohibits women from being qazis. Even the wife of the Prophet Muhammad, known as Sayyida Aisha, performed and solemnised the nikah of several people.”

Originally published at on June 14, 2019.

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