Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research

“We Used to Have No Regard for Women”: Gender Equity & the Advent of Islam

“We used to have no regard for women.”

These are the words of ‘Umar ibn Al-Khattab, companion of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, second Caliph of Islam, and one of the most influential leaders in history. Join Yaqeen Institute Fellow Maryam Al-Dabbagh as she and co-authors Sh. Omar Suleiman, Roohi Tahir, and Mohammad Elshinawy take us on a journey to 7th century Arabia to observe the transformation of women’s rights through the eyes of ‘Umar ibn Al-Khattab.

Read the entire publication here.


Maryam Al-Dabbagh

Former Contributor | Maryam Al-Dabbagh obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Dar al-Hekma University, Saudi Arabia, and a Master of Laws (LLM) in Environmental & Energy Law from the New York University School of Law. She is currently working as a legal consultant for the Saudi environmental protection agency.