Tourists walk in Downtown Beirut. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir, File)
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The misinterpretation of Islamic law and a lack of knowledge about inheritance rights are hurdles in improving women's access to land in Muslim countries, experts said. Traditional leaders or judges often exclude women from inheriting land and property based on discriminatory cultural practices, wrongly believing these are Islamic principles, the experts told a conference on land rights in the Arab world.Although more than 100 countries recognize equal land rights for women and men, implementation is a major challenge, according to the World Bank.Even where national and Islamic laws recognize women's land rights, the report said, cultural norms restrict their access to property, work and education.
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