Introduction of Inheritance
The Qur’an elaborates various details and procedures for inheritance, namely in Surah an-Nisa, verses 11, 12 and 176. These verses were meant to introduce the shares of female relatives in inheritance at a time when pre-Islamic Arabian customs gave women no share in inheritance. Thus, the Qur’an established new and progressive standards of economic rights for women.
Sadly, the interpretations of these verses and the laws derived from them have often ignored their egalitarian ethos. Muslim women continue to be denied full inheritance rights based on narrow and misguided readings of the Qur’an. However, some contemporary reforms prove that more egalitarian interpretations of the Qur’an are possible, for instance in Morocco.