The Judge

A documentary movie about Palestine’s first judge in Sharia law, Kholoud Al-Faqih. So inspiring. She is a stalwart of bravery and defiance in the face of both patronising sexism and more concerted misogynistic disregard for women’s lives. She defies tradition, endures discrimination and champions other women in the field. To watch her sew seeds of hope, be a hero and an icon for anyone who had never realised just what women can be, and persevere with grace and humour, is so uplifting and nourishing.

For me, it gave me more insight into what Sharia law actually is, what it actually codifies, and how, like any other law, its application in the hands of a male-dominated industry is more the problem.

There was also a really interesting Q&A after with Amina, the Muslim Women’s Resource Centre here in Glasgow. It was interesting to see the similarities, coz hey, patriarchy’s global, but also the differences, such as the double discrimination to stay silent lest you bring more scorn upon an already-vilified minority. Really thought-provoking. Highly recommend you see it if you get the chance.