Child marriage was banned this year in Palestine and Saudi Arabia. They both made the minimum marriage age 18 years old.
Honor killings have been criminalized in the United Arab Emirates.
Pakistan has passed a new anti-rape law.
After 30 years of being ruled by orthodox Muslims, Sudan has deposed them, abolished the death penalty for apostates, and made FGM illegal.
(Source: Future Crunch)
Child marriage, honor killings, FGM, laxity about rape, and the death penalty for apostates are all basic features of Islamic law. For true believers, these are not negotiable. The fact that these countries are changing their laws to be less Islamic is a testament to a growing pressure from within the country and also international pressure. It is concrete evidence of a movement away from orthodox Islam, even in the Muslim world. It means Islamic law has been, to some degree, discredited for a greater number of people. This is what we're working toward.
There is still a lot more to be done. We haven't won. But let's celebrate when we have something worth celebrating.