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Nurussyariah Hammado

This chapter explores areas of Islamic law affecting the reproductive and health issues of Muslim women, such as adoption, medically assisted reproduction, abortion, child marriage and female genital mutilation. It compares the situation in two different countries: one with strongly religious sentiments (Saudi Arabia) and one where more liberalist views prevail (Tunisia). The chapter observes that Islam is not the source of all discriminatory treatment of women, but rather that it stems from the traditional cultural and social norms of a particular society. However, as religion informs and shapes cultures, such practices are the indirect consequences of a particular Islamic interpretation.