Moosa NO and Others v. Harnaker and Others (Western Cape High Court of South Africa): Wills Act Incompatible with South Africa Constitution Due to Discrimination Against Muslim Marriages

Contributor Katherine Gonzalez summarizes the recent decision of the Western Cape High Court in Cape Town, South Africa regarding the term "surviving spouse" and how it applies to Muslim marriages.   A Western Cape High Court in Cape Town declared the 1953 Wills Act inconsistent with the South Africa Constitution, because the statute’s provisions were … Continue reading Moosa NO and Others v. Harnaker and Others (Western Cape High Court of South Africa): Wills Act Incompatible with South Africa Constitution Due to Discrimination Against Muslim Marriages

Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Husein v. Husein and Husein, WL 842023 (Ohio Ct. App. 2001)

We use real cases to show how U.S. Courts consider Islamic law. Like any other legal framework, Islamic law defines and dignifies the institutions people hold dear, including marriage and finance. What do American judges do when adjudicating a case in which at least one party primarily understands these institutions and their protections through Islamic … Continue reading Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Husein v. Husein and Husein, WL 842023 (Ohio Ct. App. 2001)

Islamic Law in US Courts: Aleem v. Aleem, 947 A.2d 489 (Md. Ct. App. 2008)

We use real cases to show how U.S. Courts consider Islamic law. Like any other legal framework, Islamic law defines and dignifies the institutions people hold dear, including marriage and finance. What do American judges do when adjudicating a case in which at least one party primarily understands these institutions and their protections through Islamic … Continue reading Islamic Law in US Courts: Aleem v. Aleem, 947 A.2d 489 (Md. Ct. App. 2008)

Gender Issues Are a National Problem, Not Just a Muslim Problem: A Response to Baroness Cox’s Statement

Guest contributor Hadeer Soliman counters Baroness Cox's statement proposing Amernment 219(C) to the Policing and Crime Bill. This bill "would require celebrants of religious marriages to take all reasonable steps to ensure that the marriage complies with the marriage laws of England and Wales. Baroness Cox, a cross-bench member of the UK House of Lords, recently proposed … Continue reading Gender Issues Are a National Problem, Not Just a Muslim Problem: A Response to Baroness Cox’s Statement

CASE COMMENT: Shamim Ara and the Divorce Politics of a Secular and Modern India

South Asia editor Jeff Redding argues that the "state vs. non-state character of talaq" is too often overlooked as a factor influencing the Indian Supreme Court's decision in the landmark case Shamim Ara v. State of U.P. (2002). While the decision's positive effect on Muslim women's welfare in India cannot be denied, the contemporary Indian state's concerns about presenting itself as a … Continue reading CASE COMMENT: Shamim Ara and the Divorce Politics of a Secular and Modern India