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Shari'ah on TrialNorthern Nigeria's Islamic Revolution$
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Sarah Eltantawi

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520293779

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520293779.001.0001

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Gender and the Western Reaction to the Case

Gender and the Western Reaction to the Case

(p.173) Chapter Six Gender and the Western Reaction to the Case
Shari'ah on Trial

Sarah Eltantawi

University of California Press

This chapter explores the western reaction to Amina Lawal’s case. It outlines how famous western leaders, from Nicolas Sarkozy to Bill Clinton to Oprah Winfrey treated this case, and critically examines western non-governmental organizations’ responses. The chapter also examines how difficult it can be to discuss how Nigerian women feel about shar’iah, if their views are negative, in western scholarly discourses that are understandably concerned about the damage done by “imperial feminism.” This chapter tries to unearth Nigerian women’s voices in as authentic a way as possible, and provides two visions of gender rights in Northern Nigeria: that of Northern Nigerian historian Ibraheem Sulaiman and Northern Nigerian journalist, the late Balkisu Yusuf. The chapter ends with a short conclusion.

Keywords:   Nicolas Sarkozy, Tariq Ramadan, Balqisu Yusuf, Ibraheem Sulaiman, WRAPA (Women’s Rights Alternative Protection Alternative), NGO’s in Nigeria

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