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Gender Discrimination for Religious Reasons in Islamic Countries and International Human Rights Treaties

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Maryam Mosavi

Gender equality rights are fundamental human rights that are recognized in international human rights treaties, which bind states to eliminate gender discrimination formally and in practice. Islam is recognized as the official religion in the constitutional law of Islamic countries; religious scholars have the competence to interpret Islamic law, resulting in creating a series of unequal rights for women based on Islamic law, which often continues in legal structures. Nevertheless, a majority of Islamic countries have ratified the international human rights treaties but have put reservations in place based on Sharia concerning articles on gender equality rights. Therefore, this dissertation addressed that the degree to which international law has accepted gender discrimination for religious reasons.
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Acknowledgments

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First and foremost, I am obliged to acknowledge my gratitude and appreciation to Prof. Dr. Albrecht Weber for accepting my supervisor and allowing me to carry out my thesis in the Department of Law of the University of Osnabrueck. I want to thank my supervisor for all the knowledge he shared with me, his readiness for scientific discussion, critical comments on written works, supporting me thoroughly to make this thesis possible, and especially his inexhaustible patience throughout my study.

I express my deep sense of thankfulness to Barbara and Dr. Bernd Hartlieb for their unforgettable practical, and emotional support amicably. I owe my gratitude to them, which made my stay in Berlin possible and enjoyable.

Finally, I take this opportunity to express my profound thanks to my parents, especially my beloved mother, who believed me for their love, encouragement, and supporting spiritually and instrumentally.

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