Control and Sexuality: The Revival of Zina Laws in Muslim Contexts

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We are pleased to announce that the WLUML and VNC
publication, Control and Sexuality, is now available to download for free from the WLUML website:


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Control and Sexuality: The
Revival of Zina Laws in Muslim Contexts


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Control and Sexuality by Ziba Mir-Hosseini and Vanja
 examines zina laws in some Muslim contexts and communities
in order to explore connections between the criminalisation of sexuality,
gender-based violence and women’s rights activism. The Violence is Not Our
Culture Campaign and the Women Living Under Muslim Laws network present this
comparative study and feminist analysis of zina laws as a contribution to the
broader objective of ending violence in the name of ‘culture’.

It is
hoped that the publication will help activists, policy-makers, researchers and
other civil society actors acquire a better understanding of how culture and/or
religion are invoked to justify laws that criminalise women’s sexuality and
subject them to cruel, inhuman and degrading forms of punishment.

is most timely that this publication should emerge when issues of culture and
human rights are being debated in many venues in the international arena:
within the United Nations; in national and transnational, mainstream and
alternative media outlets; and across social and political
movements. “Some cultural practices may be particularly detrimental to the
rights of women and girls. All harmful practices, regardless of provenance and
justification, must be eliminated. All human rights are universal, indivisible
and inter-related. It is my hope that by building upon the progressive,
equitable and just aspects of culture which are inherent to all, this book can
make a substantial contribution towards the promotion of rights, under law and
” Farida Shaheed, UN Independent Expert on Cultural Rights

the authors: 
Mir-Hosseini is an independent consultant, researcher and writer on Middle
Eastern issues, based at the London Middle East Institute and the Centre for
Middle Eastern and Islamic Law, both at the School of Oriental and African
Studies. Vanja Hamzić is a doctoral candidate and visiting lecturer at the
School of Law, King’s College London.

In solidarity,


Women Living Under Muslim Laws

International Coordination Office

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