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Islam and Women's Income

Dowry and Law in Bangladesh

By Farah Deeba Chowdhury

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Description

This book examines the interrelationship between law, culture, patriarchy and religion in the context of contemporary Bangladesh. It explores the role of Islam in society and politics generally, and its influence on gender equality in particular. The work focuses on the situation of married women. Taking a socio-legal approach, it analyses the changing nature of the dowry practice and its relation to women’s increasing paid labour force activity. Despite anti-dowry legislation, it is argued here that the dowry system continues in the form of the appropriation of wives’ income. The work calls for legal recognition of this action and the amendment of the Dowry Prohibition Act 1980 as a result of the changing social realities that are taking place in the lives of Bangladeshi women. An Islamic approach is applied to equality between men and women in addressing and analysing these issues. The book includes international comparisons on gender equality and discusses the role of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Descrimination Against Women (CEDAW), as well as the dowry system in South Asia.

The book will be of interest to academics and researchers working in the areas of law and religion, gender studies and international development.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements……………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Introduction

Theoretical and Conceptual Issues

Equality Debates in the West

Equality Within Islam: Formal and Substantive

Methodology…………………………………………………………………………………………………

Overview of Remaining Chapters………………………………………………………………..………

Women and Islam in Bangladesh

The Politics of Islam in Bangladeshi Society

Women, Islam and Society in Bangladesh

Women in the Popular Books on Islam in Bangladesh……………………………………………………….

Misinterpretation of Islam and Husband-Wife Relationships in Bangladesh………………………..…

Conclusion………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Muslim Family Law in Bangladesh…………………………………………………………………………………

Dower and Maintenance in Bangladesh……………………………………………………………………………

Divorce………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Polygamy………………………………………………………………………………………………..….

Child Custody and Guardianship…………………………………………………………………………

Inheritance Law……………………………………………………………………………………….

Conclusion…………………………………………………………………………………….…..

CEDAW, Islamic Law and Women in Bangladesh……………………………………………………………….

CEDAW and Islamic Law………………………………………………………………………………………….

CEDAW and Muslim Countries…………..……….………………………………………………..…………

CEDAW, Islam and Politics in Bangladesh………………………………………………………….……..

Same Responsibilities Between Men and Women……………………..………………………………..

Conclusion……………………………………………………………………………………………

Dowry, Women and Law in Bangladesh……………………………………………………………………………

The Dowry System in South Asia…………………………………………………………………………………..

The Emergence of Dowry in Bangladesh…………………………………..…………………………………..

Men’s Expectations from Their Wives or Wives’ Family During Marriage………………………………..

Dowry and Law in Bangladesh…………………………………………………………………………..

Conclusion……………………………………………………………………………………………

Women, Income and Dowry in Bangladesh………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Women and Employment…………………………………………………………………………………………..

Women’s Income and Dowry in Bangladesh……………………………..……………….…………………..

The Strategies That Husbands Employ to Control Wives’ Income……………………………..………….

Conclusion……………………………………………………………………………………………….

Conclusion…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

About the Author

Farah Deeba Chowdhury is a Scholar in Residence at the Global Labour Research Centre, York University, Canada. She has served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh and has also held an SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Gender Studies at Queen’s University, Canada. She specializes in the areas of Islam, gender and law; gender and work; gender and politics; and gender and development. She has published widely on these topics.

About the Series

ICLARS Series on Law and Religion

ICLARS Series on Law and Religion

The ICLARS Series on Law and Religion is designed to provide a forum for the rapidly expanding field of research in law and religion. The series is published in association with the International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies, an international network of scholars and experts of law and religion founded in 2007 with the aim of providing a place where information, data and opinions can easily be exchanged among members and made available to the broader scientific community (www.iclars.org). The series aims to become a primary source for students and scholars while presenting authors with a valuable means to reach a wide and growing readership.

The series editors are currently welcoming proposals for this new series on any matter falling under ‘law and religion’ widely defined. Collections arising from important conferences and events are welcome as well as monographs by both established names and new voices (including monographs based on doctoral dissertations). Also of interest are interdisciplinary works and studies of particular jurisdictions.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW000000
LAW / General
LAW043000
LAW / Gender & the Law
REL037020
RELIGION / Islam / Law