Author(s) Andreia Rute da Silva Baptista
Advisor(s) Patrícia Jerónimo e Alessandra Silveira
Year 2011

Synopsis This master thesis is about the promotion of womenřs rights in Morocco. In recent years, this Magrebian country has been the centre of great legislative reforms and political measures, that point towards giving more equality of rights to the muslim woman. In the public sphere, places traditionally reserved for men, such as politics and religion, have opened up to female participation. Nonetheless, the biggest Moroccan achievement, concerning the promotion of gender equality, has arisen in the area of private life with the new Family Code. This legislative reform has been seen, by both westerners and Muslims, as one of the greatest achievements in the islamic world and a model for muslim societies. In order to understand the magnitude of the Family Law reform, and how this seems to have turned Morocco into a pioneering country for the promotion of gender equality within the spirit of Islamic Law, we address our study about Islam, its history and its Law, about Morocco, its history and its path on the way to democracy, about the status of women in Islam and, finally, about the current situation of women in Morocco. We close this thesis with an analysis of the process which led to the Family Code reform, in such a way as to understand its potential as a role model for other Muslim countries.

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