Women's Rights and Islamic Family Law

Women's Rights and Islamic Family Law

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The family is where legal rules presented as part of the Islamic shari`a are most widely applied in the Muslim world. This connection, often differently elaborated by particular social constituencies, can present difficulties to the advocates of law reform. At the same time, the resonance of the issues at which advocacy is targeted creates an opportunity for creative exchange in addressing practical strategies for change. This volume explores the present-day realities of Islamic family law, with particular emphasis on the rights of women, and focusing on law in its living social context as reflected in public opinion and personal experience.Three contrasting country cases have been selected: * Egypt, with a majority Muslim population, the most populous Arab state with a tradition of regional leadership in matters legal, and a constitutional clause on the place of 'principles of the shari`a' as the principal source of legislation * The West Bank and Gaza, also with a majority Muslim population, but with no sovereign power and no national legislation on the issue -- family law here having become a contested site between different visions of national identity in the process of trying to build a Palestinian state* The United States of America, where some in the minority Muslim communities seek to regulate their family relations in accordance with 'principles of the shari`a' within the context of the domestic legal framework of a non-Muslim state applying civil law requirements to all family matters A concluding study ranges further afield in order to explore the challenges and potential of 'principles of shari`a' in advocacy on the question of violence against women. This book makes possible a detailed examination of possibilities of, and constraints on, legal reform in the area of Islamic family law in specific contemporary contexts.... A Manual for Womena#39;s Human Rights Education in Muslim Societies, Bethcsda , MD: Sisterhood is Global Institute. ... CT: Yale University Press. el-a#39;Alami, D. S. ( 1992) The Marriage Contract in Islamic Law in the Sharia#39;ah and Personal Statusanbsp;...

Title:Women's Rights and Islamic Family Law
Author:Lynn Welchman
Publisher:Zed Books - 2004-09-04


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