The head of the Imam Khomeini Center for Islamic Studies, Ayatollah Mousavi Bojnourdi, said on Monday that Iran may sign the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) with reservations to certain parts that the religious leaders deem non-Islamic, IRNA reported from Tehran.
Ayatollah Bojnourdi said that the Islamic Republic regards fiqh (Islamic sharia) as applicable to social life and, therefore, there would be no hindrance to its application to the particular social convention.
He said that the late Imam Khomeini gave importance to considerations of time and place in his teachings so that Iran can perfectly sign up to the convention with reservations to certain parts that are considered contradictory to Islamic sharia.
Ayatollah Bojnourdi further pointed out that "Islam supports the emancipation of women so we have no difficulty signing up to the convention except for certain parts which the religious leaders are opposed to."
To bolster his reasoning, he said that the game of chess is banned in Islam until now but that the late Imam Khomeini pronounced an exception by lifting the ban with due consideration to time and place.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that Islam is capable of administering society so we cannot separate ourselves from the international community by rejecting the convention since we know that freedom for mankind is guaranteed by Islam," he said.
He pointed out that other Islamic nations have joined the convention with expressed reservations about certain parts that contradict Islamic values.
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