A Comparative Analysis of women’s Inheritance rights in urban and rural areas in Sindh


  • Imtiaz Ahmed Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto University of law Clifton Karachi
  • Asif Ali Buriro Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto University of law Clifton Karachi
  • Shuhab ud Din Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto University of law Clifton Karachi
  • Ayesha Zamir Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto University of law Clifton Karachi
  • Saira Sajid Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto University of law Clifton Karachi
  • Abdul Rehman Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto University of law Clifton Karachi




The suppression of women's inheritance rights, particularly prevalent in rural areas of Pakistan, reflects a societal dominance by males. Often framed as an emblem of gender inequality within Islam, the practice of women receiving half the inheritance share compared to men is a subject of controversy. This study aims to provide nuanced arguments and rationale supporting the practice within the context of Islamic law. Contrary to perceptions of discrimination, the study contends that the apparent gender bias stems from a failure to effectively implement Islamic inheritance laws in the community. Emphasizing women's inheritance rights as crucial for their socioeconomic and political empowerment, the research explores the range of choices available to women and the challenges they encounter in exercising these options autonomously. The study particularly delves into the urban and rural areas of Sindh, shedding light on the prevalent lack of awareness among women regarding their inherited rights as per Islamic principles and Pakistani law. Taking an ontological stance in its interpretive faculty and adopting an epistemological perspective aligned with social constructionism, the study identifies several socio-cultural factors influencing women's choices. These factors include the patriarchal system, misinterpretation of religious teachings, lack of awareness, restrictive legal systems, and limited educational opportunities. In response to these challenges, the study recommends initiatives to promote awareness of the legal avenues available to women for asserting their inheritance rights. It also underscores the critical role of female education in empowering women to make informed choices. By addressing these issues, the study advocates for a more equitable implementation of Islamic inheritance laws, aligning societal practices with the intended principles of gender equality inherent in both Shariah law and the Constitution of Pakistan.


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How to Cite

Ahmed, I., Buriro, A. A. ., Shuhab ud Din, Zamir, A. ., Sajid, S. ., & Rehman, A. . (2023). A Comparative Analysis of women’s Inheritance rights in urban and rural areas in Sindh. Minhaj International Journal of Economics and Organization Sciences, 3(2). https://doi.org/10.58932/MULE0018



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