Inheritance Law for Women: Islamic Feminism and Social Justice
Dr. Jasni bin Sulong

The deficient of females’ portion compared to males’ portion in the distribution of inheritance has always become an issue, especially to the feminists who are very opinionated about women’s justice. Another issue is about females who were perceived as weak connector between two heirs which result the kinship as a weaker one. These issues were always under discourse in inheritance subject either in the East or West. For the feminists, this situation should not occur and the portion of women should be on par with the male heirs, especially when the females assigned for the household chores and of similar contribution. Therefore, this article is triggered to re-explain in a contrariwise perspective where Islam also favours feminisme, which indeed protects women for their own benefits. As a result, many household responsibilities were overloaded to males in comparison to the females, for instance in terms of the matrimonial sustenance, dowry and compensation after divorce as females’ rights were protected. Apart from that, there are leeways given to females by Islam. This discussion will refer to al-Quran and Prophetic texts as the authoritative source in Islamic law.

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