Women and Constitutions in Muslim Contexts: An Introduction
Women and Constitutions in Muslim Contexts: An Introduction
Vrinda Narain
Abstract: The introductory note sets the scene for this special issue, by outlining the significance of analysing constitutions at the intersections of gender, religion, and political ideology. Utilising a feminist constitutionalist approach, this introductory note highlights the impact of women’s historical underrepresentation in constitutional drafting processes and discussions across the globe, as well as recent feminist interventions to address legislative processes that take into account women’s needs and interests. Introducing the contributions made by authors in this special issue, this note reflects on the role of Islam in politics and governance, and the varied ways in which different Muslim-majority countries have sought to define citizenship rights according to gender, personal freedoms, and human rights from within or outside of a religious framework. This note ends with a call for more inclusive constitutional drafting processes that also take into account diverse cultural contexts, political history and legal and institutional developments from a gendered lens.

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