CHALLENGING TO THE DUAL LEGAL SYSTEM: THE CASE OF THE LEGAL SERVICES OF ?SISTERS IN ISLAM

Abstract

Author(s): Senem G├ťRKAN

Founded in Malaysia in 1987, SIS (Sisters in Islam) is an Islamic Feminist group which aims at struggling against gender inequality in various fields. When the term “Islamic Feminism” started to be used in the world, some Malaysian women came together to combat with women’s legal issues and established this organization to present an alternative way for a new law reform on family. The members and the founders of the group realized that centering only Islamic law would not be adequate for combatting with gender inequality. Because the main reason for the secondary position of women is the misinterpretation of the Islamic sources, not Islam itself. Based on this awareness and in parallel with Islamic feminist approach, the members began to make re-reading studies of the Islamic sources. On the other side, some activities to tackle gender inequality in other fields were carried upon. This research aims not to assert an authentic classification to the legal services of SIS which already exists in the literature; but to serve a new typology on the functions of SIS’ legal services in a different point of view and which one of those fields SIS works on. Within this context, during this qualitative research in which content analysis is used as the design of the study, the data were collected through document analysis. As for the technique for data analysis, three phases of qualitative data analysis strategies, that is, description, analysis and interpretation were employed to the gathered data. As the findings and conclusion of the study, the functions of the legal services of SIS can be divided into five categories such as Direct Consultation Services, Indirect Consultation Services, Andragogic and Pedagogic services, Financial services and Suggesting proposals to the government.

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