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Source:  The New York Times

A conventional portrait of a highly unconventional woman, Erika Cohn’s documentary, “The Judge,” has a worthy subject in Kholoud al-Faqih, the first woman to be appointed, in 2009, to the Middle East’s religious courts.

Dealing mainly with family disputes like spousal abuse, divorce, and alimony claims, these courts are governed by Islamic law that can vary in interpretation from region to region.

Further complicating matters are chauvinistic cultural traditions that can overrule religious dictates, resulting in adjudications that are fraught and combative.

Read the story at The New York Times. 

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