Redefining Muslim Women's Roles in the Next Century

Azizah Y. al-Hibri, University of Richmond


During the administration of President Anwar Sadat, Law No. 44 was passed hastily by the Egyptian parliament in an attempt to improve women's legal status. It was referred to by some Egyptians as "Jihan's law," a reference to the efforts of Mrs. Sadat in having it passed. That law was rejected soon after the death of President Sadat. Will the new law face a similar fate ultimately? If all depends. In understanding this answer lies the key to predicting the way the winds of change will blow in the Muslim world to define the roles of Muslim women in the information age.