Egypt's Grand Mufti Shawki Allam said on Monday that granting women and men equal inheritance rights across the board violates Islamic law and the consensus of Islamic scholars throughout time.
The Mufti – who is in charge of issuing religious edicts – explained that the concept of general equality between men and women in inheritance is against Islam's teachings. All inheritance laws are detailed in the Quran in a clear way, he said.
Islamic Sharia generally stipulates that males inherit double the share of females, but allows women to inherit the same as, or more, than men in some cases.
"Religious texts have ordained a man's right to inherit twice that of a woman in certain cases. The division of inheritance in these cases has been decided by definitive and conclusive Quranic verses," the Mufti said.
The Mufti's comments come two days after the Tunisian cabinet approved on Friday a law on gender equality in inheritance.
The legislation will be sent to the Tunisian parliament to be further discussed and ratified before becoming effective in the country.