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In liberal democracies, debates about the status of women and debates about the authority of religious legal-moral systems often converge in the area of family law. Focusing on domestic violence, I show a patriarchal bias pervades both Islamic and liberal moral discourse. In order to argue effectively for women's rights, we must address the relationship between secular law, religious identity and legal expression, and gender.
A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Religion in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Includes bibliographical references.
John Kelsay, Professor Directing Dissertation; Joseph Travis, University Representative; Sumner B. Twiss, Committee Member; Aline H. Kalbian, Committee Member; Martin Kavka, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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