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Status of women's testimony in Islam
The Testimony of Women
The Testimony of Women The Qur'an clearly states that the evidence of two women is equivalent to that of one man, giving the reason that if one forgets, the other may remind her: And get two witnesses out of your own men. And if there are not two men available , then a man and two women, such as you agree for witnesses, so that if one of them two women errs, the other can remind her V. It is a serious and burdensome responsibility which has been lightened for women. There are four situations in which evidence is required: a.
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Items in TSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated. Publisher: Cambridge University Press. Abstract summary : Pre-modern Islamic law famously discriminated against female testimony, in some cases excluding it entirely and in other cases according it half of the weight of a man's testimony. It is often assumed that this discrimination is a function of a faith-based assumption derived from Quran which could be read to suggest that women are intellectually inferior to men. This paper shows that while such assumptions regarding the intellectual inferiority of women certainly existed among pre-modern Muslim clerics, such assumptions do not adequately explain other rules of Islamic law regulating validity of evidence, both inside and outside the courtroom, in which a norm of gender equality prevailed.
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