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Islamic Family Law in a Changing World

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ISBN13: 9781842770931
ISBN: 1842770934
Published: January 2002
Publisher: Zed Books
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £29.99

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More than a billion Muslims have their lives in such matters as marriage, divorce, maintenance, paternity and the custody of children governed by certain aspects of the Shari'a, commonly known as Islamic Family Law, but identical principles do not apply everywhere. The practical application of the Shari'a principles is often modified by theological differences of interpretation, a country's particular customary practices and state policy and law. This book documents the scope and manner of application of Islamic Family Law worldwide. It provides strong factual foundations for any strategic legal reforms made necessary by changing social conditions. Since in most Islamic countries Shari'a has become contested ground between reactionary forces and modernist, liberal trends, reform must be conceived in realistic terms and advocated in ways that motivate and empower potential supporters working in their own communities.

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Islamic Law
Preface INTRODUCTION: SHARI'A AND ISLAMIC FAMILY LAW: TRANSITION AND TRANSFORMATION Historical Overview of Shari'a and its Application Transition into the Modern Era Towards Transformation of the Basis of Family Law PART 1: SOCIAL, CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL CONTEXT Central Asia and the Caucasus East And Central Africa Horn of Africa Middle East North Africa Southern Africa South Asia Southeast Asia West Africa PART 2: COUNTRY LEGAL PROFILES Kenya Tanzania Ethiopia Somalia Sudan Bahrain Iran Iraq Israel Jordan Kuwait Lebanon Oman Palestine Qatar Saudi Arabia Syria United Arab Emirates Yemen Algeria Egypt Libya Morocco Tunisia Bangladesh India Maldives Pakistan Sri Lanka Brunei Indonesia Malaysia Philippines Singapore Gambia Ghana Nigeria Senegal Glossary, Index