Women under sharia: An analysis of the share of female heirs under Islamic law of succession
Dr. Gambo Ibrahim Yaro
Women constitute a substantial segment of human society. On the other hand women receive different treatment depending on socio, religious cultural setting they find themselves. However their treatment under Islamic Law (sharia) attracts more controversy, criticism and even outright condemnation than treatment under any other setting. Many social critics and Gender minded persons know and frown at the rule that under Islamic law of succession a male child is entitled to twice the share of his female counterpart. On the other hand some Muslims out of sentiment and over zealousness came up with logical but not legally based arguments in defence of the rule. Consequently, this paper is design to respectively educate the two groups that (I) the rule changes from time to time in fact sometimes a female heir gets more than twice the share of her male counterpart. (II) Allah’s rule/command need no cosmetics from anybody as such those logical arguments should never be relied upon in order to defend or justify the rule.