I’ve often noted that Islamic law relegates women to the status of commodities, and have been called “Islamophobic” as a result. But in this story, we’re told that “under Saudi law, she is his property because she is the mother of his children.” And Saudi law, of course, strictly adheres to the norms of Islamic Sharia. Does that mean that Islamic law is “Islamophobic”?
“Canada intervenes in Saudi marital dispute,” from the Canwest News Service, January 30 (thanks to Twostellas):
MONTREAL “” A high-level representative of the federal government has met with Nathalie Morin, a 24-year-old Quebec woman who claims she is being held against her will in Saudi Arabia.
Deepak Obhrai, parliamentary secretary to Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon, met with Morin and her Saudi husband, Abdallah Ramthi Al-Bishi, in Saudi Arabia on Dec. 22 to mediate in the couple’s dispute, a Foreign Affairs spokesperson told Canwest News Service last night.
He could not say what the next step might be. Ottawa has said in the past that Canadians in Saudi Arabia are subject to its laws. Morin met Al-Bishi in Montreal when she was 17 and when he was a Concordia University student….
Morin’s mother has said her daughter is unable to leave because, under Saudi law, she is his property because she is the mother of his children….