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The often-troubled relationship between religion and politics in Pakistan is the product of a complex history. Islam arrived in the Indian subcontinent in the eighth...

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Benazir Bhutto on Islamic Teachings and Patriarchal Traditions

September 4, 1995
Muslim women have a special responsibility to help distinguish between Islamic teachings and social taboos spun by the traditions of a patriarchal society. […] In distinguishing between Islamic teachings and social taboos, we must remember that Islam forbids injustice: Injustice against people, against nations, against women. It shuns race, colour, and gender as a basis of distinction amongst fellowmen. It enshrines piety as the sole criteria for judging humankind. It treats women as human beings in their own right, not as chattel. A woman can inherit, divorce, receive alimony and child custody. Women were intellectuals, poets, jurists and even took part in war.

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Benazir Bhutto Benazir Bhutto
Benazir Bhutto was the first female Prime Minister of Pakistan and leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). Born in 1953, she was the daughter of Pakistani politician and PPP-founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, whose social-democratic government was...