Reform is often resisted on the grounds that Muslim family laws are divine and thus not open to change. Yet in reality change and reform have been inherent in Muslim legal tradition.

The video highlights concepts and tools from Muslim Legal Tradition that can be used to pave the way for family laws that are more in line with contemporary Muslim realities, justice and gender equality.

This video has been translated and narrated into Dhivehi thanks to Uthema, a Maldivian NGO registered in 2016 with the Ministry of Home Affairs to advocate for gender equality and women’s empowerment in the Maldives. You may find Uthema on Youtube at @uthema or by visiting

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