Precedence for Equality
In Egypt, everyone regardless of their religion is subject to the Sharia law. This includes matters of inheritance. As stated by the law, female heirs inherit only half that of their male relatives. One of the ten million Coptic Christians living in Egypt, Huda Nasrallah’s win against the state may have set a precedent for other non-Muslim females in Egypt to receive equal shares of the inheritance. “Now, the law assumes that if the Christian inheritance beneficiaries agree on applying Christian laws, which would ensure equal shares, the inheritance is divided equally. Otherwise, Islamic Sharia is applied,” said rights activist Ishak Ibrahim, on the latest ruling.