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Family Law in Lebanon: Marriage and Divorce Among the Druze

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ISBN13: 9781780765624
Published: April 2013
Publisher: I.B. Tauris & Co Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £62.00

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Much of the life and ritual of the Druze in Lebanon appears mysterious to outsiders, as this esoteric sect remains closed to non-members. Lubna Tarabey, herself a member of this secretive community, is ideally-placed to offer insight into the family life, tradition and religious practices of the Druze. She reaches back to the 1970s, and the start of a civil war that shattered Lebanon along confessional lines, to explore how the substantial social and political changes that have shaken the country have affected marriage and divorce practices. Through extensive research, she approaches a complex web of change and continuity, of traditional values competing with enhanced individualism and personal freedoms. In Lebanon, family law falls under the authority of its religious courts, and Tarabey traces the ways in which social and legal developments have impacted family law and the internal cohesion of the Druze.

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Other Jurisdictions , Middle East
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: The Druze
Chapter 3: Marriage Among the Druze
Chapter 4: Divorce among the Druze
Chapter 5: Marriage and Divorce: A Comparative Approach Chapter 6: The Druze: Peripheral Change
Appendix A: Personal Status Laws of the Druze Sect in Lebanon
Appendix B: Sample of Marriage Contract
Appendix C: Role of Adjudicator
Appendix D: Divorce Case of man marrying non-Druze
Appendix E: Divorce Case involving a Social Worker Appointed by Court to Help Spouses
Appendix F: Divorce Case Brought Before the Court by Husband
Appendix G: Marriage Ceremonies among the Ajaweed Appendix H: Description of the Court
Appendix I: Other Causes of Divorce Mentioned in Court Records