Nothing compares with a fresh vantage point!
Imagine a world where women inherit nothing. Imagine a world where women themselves could be inherited, like cattle. Although there is little evidence to prove the claim and no one seems to know exactly what the rules of inheritance were, we are told this is what the world looked like in the seventh century Arabian Peninsula. Now imagine the revelation of the qur’an through the prophet Mohammad and the advent of Islam. Something of a feminist revolution is said to have taken place. Women went from inheriting nothing, to, well, something.
Islam’s laws of inheritance, lauded to have dramatically improved the lives and status of women, provide the clearest, most detailed and most complete legal system the qur’an has to offer. There are several rules, but I’m only going to concern myself here with one, that, frankly, sums up the sentiment towards women and wealth beautifully:
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