The Rights of Women in Islamic West Africa

Dicko, Nafissatou
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University of Delaware
In parts of West Africa there are deep rooted patriarchal societies. In this part of the continent, men have been regarded as leaders while women are often seen as fragile and in need of the guidance of men. Islam has been thought to be a driving force behind the treatment of women in West African countries. Through literature review and family interviews I discuss three main topics: Bride price, polygamy, and property rights of women. I compare and contrast what Islam says about these three topics versus how they are actually practiced within the various West African cultures. Through my literature review as well as my families’ experience I conclude that in a lot of these cultures they are not necessarily following what the Quran says but are interpreting bride price, polygamy and property rights of women from a more cultural standpoint.
Criminal Justice , Women's and Gender studies , Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION::Religion/Theology::Islamology , Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION