Tunisia on Friday, November 23, became the first Arab country to achieve gender equality in inheritance, after the Tunisian Cabinet approved a law that would allow men and women to inherit equal amounts, contrary to what is stipulated in Islam.
The controversial law will be discussed and ratified in parliament before it goes into effect in the progressive country.
Tunisia’s President Beji Caid Essebsi first suggested the law in August 2017, on the occasion of International Women’s Day.
Many Muslims object to the law, as it goes against Quranic verses which state that males should inherit what two females should. However, Essebsi said that citizens should be given the choice to follow Sharia Law in inheritance should they wish to.
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