Rabat – On Friday, November 23, Tunisia made history when it became the first government in the Arab world to approve equality in inheritance law, allowing men and women the same share in terms of inheritance. But not everyone in the Arab world is happy with Tunisia’s move.In response to what he called “a controversial decision,” Egypt’s grand mufti, Dr. Shawki Allam, issued a statement on Monday, November 26, that harshly condemned the Tunisian government’s stance.Dr. Allam explained that equality in inheritance for both genders is contrary to the Qur’an’s prescriptions on the matter. Sharia, the Islamic law deriving from both the Qur’an and the hadith (prophetic tradition), should not be subject to personal interpretation or reasoning (ijtihad), the Egyptian mufti said. Sensitive topics in Islam, including inheritance, have been clearly dealt with in the Qur’an and the Islamic tradition (sunnah), the statement said. In addition to upending the Islamic tradition, pushing for equality for genders also disrupts the “transmitted consensus of scholars.”Read Also: Tunisian Government Approves Equal Inheritance Law“The call for equality in inheritance between genders contradicts both the definitive rulings of Shariah Law and the successively transmitted consensus of scholars…. Therefore, they are not subject to ijtihad (interpretation) or change due to cultural contexts.”“In Shari’ah,” the mufti’s statement added, “males are entitled to inherit double the females’ shares only in four cases. Both genders, on the other hand, inherit equally in more than 30 cases.”The Egyptian mufti is not the only one angered by the Tunisian government’s move. The mufti’s admonishment falls in line with complaints within Tunisia’s conservative circles.Following conservative lines, Ennahda, Tunisia’s largest party in Parliament, has been particularly critical of the government’s sweeping reforms in gender equality. Prior to the equal inheritance law, Tunisia passed a bill in September 2017 that granted Tunisian women the right to marry non-Muslim men. Like the Egyptian mufti, Ennahda and its Tunisian supporters have argued against changing “the obligations that God has revealed in his holy book.”Meanwhile, supportive voices in Tunisia, the Arab world, and globally have welcomed the current Tunisian regime’s boldly progressive reforms since it ascended to power. They argue that, like with the Arab Spring which erupted in Tunisia and spread to many countries in the region, Tunisia may inspire other countries to follow suit with more rights-based and religion-free laws.While approved by the government and endorsed by President Beji Caid Essebsi, the equal inheritance proposal will have to pass through committee and plenary session debates in the Tunisian Parliament before taking effect.
Several of Brock’s building codes were updated in May.New building codes to several St. Catharines campus buildings will now appear on campus maps, event locations and student and faculty timetables within BrockDB and Sakai.Changes of note include:South Block changed from ‘AS’ to ‘STH’573 Glenridge changed from ‘GL’ to ‘GLN-A’ (or GLA on timetables)International Centre changed from ‘IC’ to ‘GLN-B’ (or GLB on timetables)Plaza Building changed from ‘PL’ to ‘PLZ’Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex changed from ‘CA’ to ‘CRN’Goodman School of Business (formerly Taro Hall) changed from ‘TA’ to ‘GSB’The Rankin Family Pavilion (under construction) is RFPBelow is a full list of Brock’s building codes.Code NameAL Alphie’s TroughBAR-A Barn – ABAR-B Barn – BCAR Carpentry ShopCJD Brock Research and Innovation Centre (BRIC)CLS Concordia Lutheran Theological SeminaryCRN Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research ComplexCUB Central Utilities BuildingDEC DeCew ResidenceDNLD McDonald’sEA-1 East Academic – Building 1EA-2 East Academic – Building 2EA-3 East Academic – Building 3ERP Alan Earp ResidenceGLN-A 573 GlenridgeGLN-B International CentreGSB Goodman School of BusinessGWY Gateway ResidenceHAM Hamilton CampusHH Harrison HallHPP Heritage Place PlazaHRTN Tim HortonsHS 140 LockhartIH Inniskillin HallKC Kenmore CentreLOW Arnie Lowenberger ResidenceMCA Mackenzie Chown – Block AMCB Mackenzie Chown – Block BMCC Mackenzie Chown – Block CMCD Mackenzie Chown – Block DMCE Mackenzie Chown – Block EMCF Mackenzie Chown – Block FMCG Mackenzie Chown – Block GMCH Mackenzie Chown – Block HMCJ Mackenzie Chown – Block JMWS Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing ArtsPLZ Plaza BuildingQV-1 Quarry View Residence – Block 1QV-2 Quarry View Residence – Block 2QV-3 Quarry View Residence – Block 3QV-4 Quarry View Residence – Block 4QV-5 Quarry View Residence – Block 5QV-6 Quarry View Residence – Block 6RFP Rankin Family PavilionRBC Rosalind Blauer Centre for Child CareRH Rodman Hall Art CentreSBH Scotiabank HallSC Student Alumni CentreSER Service TunnelsSH Theal HouseST Arthur Schmon TowerSTH South Block (also known as Academic South)TH Thistle ComplexTRL Trillium LaneVAL Gordon and Betty Vallee ResidenceVIL-A Village Residence (Courts 1 – 6)VIL-B Village Residence (Courts 7 – 9)VIL-C Village Residence (Courts 10 – 12)WC-A Walker Sports Complex – Physical Education CentreWC-B Walker Sports Complex – Eleanor Misener Aquatic CentreWC-C Walker Sports Complex – Storage Bldg. (at Ball Diamonds)WC-D Walker Sports Complex – Field HouseWH Robert S.K. Welch Hall (including David S. Howes Theatre)Note:Main Campus: Anything above the escarpment, west of Glenridge AvenueEast Campus: Anything above the escarpment to St. David’s Road, east of Glenridge AvenueSatellite: Anything not on Main Campus or East Campus