WOMAN UNDER NON-ISLAMIC CIVILIZATIONS
The Old Testament says:"And in all the land were no women found of so fair as the daughtersof Job and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren".
Job (42: 15)The Jewish law further states that if a man dies without having anysons, his widow called `Yabamah' in Judaic terminology shouldimmediately become the wife to his next surviving brother whether shelikes it or not, and he has to provide for her and inherits her whenshe dies.
We reproduce here for the benefit of our readers, the following fromthe Old Testament:"If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no child,the wife of the dead shall not marry without unto a stranger: herhusband's brother shall go in unto her, and take her to him to wife,and perform the duty of an husband's brother unto her.
And it shall be, that the firstborn which she beareth shall succeedin the name of his brother which is dead, that his name be not put outof Israel.
And if the man like not to take his brother's wife, then let hisbrother's wife go up to the gate unto the elders, and say, Myhusband's brother refuseth to raise up unto his brother a name inIsrael, he will not perform the duty of my husband's brother.
Then the elders of his city shall call him, and speak unto him: andif he stand to it, and say, I like not to take her;Then shall his brother's wife come unto him in the presence of theelders, and loose his shoe from off his foot, and spit in his face,and shall answer and say, so shall it be done unto that man that willnot build up his brother's house.
And his name shall be called in Israel, The house of him that hathhis shoe loosed.
" Deuteronomy (25:5-10)Article No.
36 of the Jewish Personal law confirms this fact.
Itsays: If a man dies without sons, and if he has a full, or aconsanguineous brother, his widow is regarded as the lawful wife ofthat brother.