Muslim Family Law in Western Courts

1st Edition

Elisa Giunchi

Routledge
Published December 14, 2016
Reference - 196 Pages
ISBN 9780415788007 - CAT# Y319154
Series: Durham Modern Middle East and Islamic World Series

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Summary

This book focuses on Islamic family law as interpreted and applied by judges in Europe, Australia and North America. It uses court transcriptions and observations to discuss how the most contentious marriage-related issues - consent and age of spouses, dower, polygamy, and divorce - are adjudicated. The solutions proposed by different legal systems are reviewed , and some broader questions are addressed: how Islamic principles are harmonized with norms based on gender equality, how parties bargain strategically in and out of court, and how Muslim diasporas align their Islamic worldview with a Western normative narrative.

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