Hon. Kholoud Al-Faqih, Stars in a Documentary of her Journey as on of the first two Women Judges in a Shari’a court in Palestine

Palestine | IAWJ Member, Hon. Kholoud Al-Faqih, is starring in a 76 minute documentary of her life as one of only two women judges appointed to Palestine’s Shari’a court. Judge Al-Faqih appears as herself in a documentary that explores her professional and personal experiences.

According to Irish Times, Dr. Kholoud Al-Faqih became a judge in the shari’a courts in Palestine in 2009 with the support of a progressive Sheikh.

“Women have served as judges in Palestinian criminal law courts since the 1970s, but they had never served in Sharia courts, where Islamic jurisprudence is dispensed in matters as mundane as child support and inheritance divorce, and as culturally specific as honour killings.”

Back then, Judge Faqih claimed that the Hanafi school of Islam did not explicitly forbid women from becoming judges of Shari’a courts and the chief justice at the time, Sheikh Tayseer Al-Tamimi agreed, appointing Judge Faqih and Judge Asmahan Al-Wahidi.

The documentary shows how her life as a judge has been difficult. The support for Judges Faqih and Al-Wahidi forced Chief Justice Tamimi to resign and, without his support, Judge Faqih saw her workload reduced. Unwilling to stand down, Judge Faqih continued to fight for her career.

Read more about the documentary and watch the trailer here.