nurulemuspeaks – Clearing up misconceptions

WOMAN’S INHERITANCE AND GENDER EQUITY UNDER ISLAMIC LAW by Nuruddeen Lemu

Misconception: A woman’s inheritance is only half that of a man’s

Excerpt: Under shari’ah law, there are over 25 circumstances when a oman’s inheritance would be equal to or more than that of a man’s, or a woman would get a share of the bequest and a male relative would not be entitled to any inheritance; there are only four circumstances when a woman’s share of inheritance will be half of a man.
The generation to which the heir belongs and the degree of consanguinity between the heir and the deceased are stronger factors in determining the share of inheritance than gender.

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