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Shariah High Court Appoints First Women Judges In Malaysia


When most think of Shariah they have a simplistic understanding of it as a misogynistic law system that oppresses women and minorities. Little do they know of the egalitarian and compassionate spirit that is supposed to underpin its logic. It looks like in Malaysia strides are being made to resurrect that original ethos.

via. The Malay Mail Online

SHAH ALAM, June 27 — Two women judges from Selangor have been appointed to the Shariah High Court, a first in Malaysia, the Star Online reported

Noor Huda Roslan, 40, and Nenney Shuhaidah Shamsuddin, 41, received their appointment letters from the Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah during a ceremony at the Istana Bukit Kayangan.

According to the news portal, the Shariah chief judge Datuk Dr Mohd Na’im Mokhtar said the appointments showed the Sultan’s concern about Shariah Court matters.

Dr Mohd Na’im added that the appointments had nothing to do with gender, and the two women were qualified for the job.

Seven other women were made Shariah Lower Court judges.

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  • Petrichor1986

    Women have always held authoritative positions in Islamic societies since the time of prophet’s wife Aisha.

  • Omar_The_Egyptian


  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    Yes, post-colonialism, there’s no doubt Muslim female judges are in most, if not all Islamic countries (I believe the exceptions are Saudi Arabia and Iran). To me it is interesting that even over a thousand years ago there were female Muslim judges.

  • mindy1

    Good going ladies, I wish them luck 🙂

  • Just_Stopping_By

    This article is about the Shariah High Court in Malaysia. There are (or at least recently were) female qadis in Malaysia, Egypt, Jordan, Sudan, the UAE, and Palestine.

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    From what I’ve read this is also not the first time in history that women have held the position of “qadi” or judge in Islamic history. The Hanafi school of jurisprudence allowed it and I recall that in historic Baghdad and in Egypt there were female Qadis at some points of time.

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