Rabat- Moroccan biology doctor, author, researcher, and prominent Islamic feminist Asma Lamrabet resigned from her position as director in the Mohammadia League of Scholars, “Rabita Mohammadia of Oulemas,” due to disagreements over equality of inheritance between men and women.
Author of “Believer and Feminist,” and other works focusing on women’s position in Islam, Asma Lamrabet announced her resignation from Rabita Mohammadia of Oulemas located in Rabat, on Sunday, March 18, due to disagreements over equality of inheritance, a communiqué told H24.
Born in 1961, Lamrabet is the founder of a working group for women’s issues and intercultural dialogue, and a major contributor to “Third Way” feminism, a movement of women that questions religious patriarchy and fights sexism in Morocco.
Amidst criticism aimed at her approach to controversial subjects such as polygamy and violence towards women, Lamrabet continues to stand for democracy and human rights, focusing more on women’s issues and equality between genders in Islam.
As director of Islamic feminism studies in Rabita Mohammadia of Oulemas organization, Lamrabet worked to promote a tolerant and open Islam in line with the organization’s main purpose.
Established in 2006 by King Mohammed VI for the promotion of an open Islam, Rabita Mohammadia of Scholars is an organization that pursues wisdom, noble values, and moderate religious teachings of Islam.
Equality of inheritance has become a debatable issue in Muslim countries such as Egypt, Tunisia, and Morocco, in which it has started to surface.
Tunisia recently witnessed protests from hundreds of women, feminist unions and human rights NGOs who marched on March 10 for equal rights of inheritance.
According to the holy Quran’s ‘Surat Nisa’ (4:11), women inherit half the share of men:
“Allah instructs you concerning your children: for the male, what is equal to the share of two females.”