10 Mar 2014 5:00pm - 6:30pm Mill Lane Lecture Room 3


The lectures are free to attend and no registration is required.

Mona Siddiqui (University of Edinburgh) will give give a series of lectures and participate in a concluding symposium. This first lecture is Can you Text a Divorce? Negotiating Women's Rights in Law and Society.

Much of the practice of Islamic personal law is still located in classical jurisprudence where marriage and divorce laws are essentially viewed as performative utterances.  Intention, wording and finality are fundamental to the validity of the marriage contract and the end of a contract.  Texting, that most modern of communication is expression through technology but not oral utterance.  Yet, recent cases in some Islamic countries shows that judges are allowing Muslim men to divorce via text.  Contrary to popular perception and practice, divorce is not a simple process in jurisprudence but with the aid of texting, any possibility of ethical considerations towards the wife is being ignored.

Other events in this series:

Lecture 2: Tuesday 11 March 2014 Mary in  Christian-Muslim Relations

Lecture 3: Wednesday 12 March 2014 From the Feminine to Feminism: Women in Islamic Thought and Literature

Symposium: Thursday 13 March 2014 Feminism, Religion, and Women's Rights


For administrative enquiries please contact Michelle Maciejewska.

About the Professorship

The Humanitas Chair in Women's Rights has been made possible by the generous support of Mrs Carol Saper.

The Humanitas Chair in Women’s Rights was conceived as a way to explore the political, sociological and theoretical issues pertaining to Women’s Rights from global development and environmental change to biomedical advances.

Past Humanitas Visiting Professors in Women's Rights

2012-13: Melanne Verveer (first US Ambassador for Global Women's Issues)
2011-12: Baroness Helena Kennedy (Barrister and expert in human rights law, civil liberties and constitutional issues; member of the House of Lords)
2010-11: Nancy Fraser (Henry A and Louise Loeb Professor of Philosophy and Politics, The New School for Social Research, New York)

Standing Committee

Henrietta L. Moore (Sociology)
Sarah S. B. Franklin (Sociology)
Jens M. Scherpe (Law)

Hosting College

King's College

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