JISPIL Vol 6 Issue 1 2010 - A3

In this paper the author seeks to address the issue of payment of mutat (post-divorce maintenance) to women under Islamic legal tradition. The author argues that the dynamic and evolving nature of Sharia does provide a room for awarding post-divorce maintenance to the ex-wife in legally pluralistic Muslim countries like Pakistan. To achieve this end, the debate on women rights needs to be reframed by emphasizing the egalitarian ethics of Islam while interpreting the Quran, and deconstructing Sharia-related rules, only then provisions such as mutat could be included in the legislative frameworks.

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