Recent Scholarship: Akhter v. Khan

In August, the SHARIAsourceBlog featured a roundtable discussion on the Akhter v. Khan case, concerning the legal status of Islamic marriages and divorces under UK law. The London School of Economics' "Religion and Global Society" blog also posted a commentary on the case, written by Alistair Jones, which questioned the role of the government in … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Akhter v. Khan

In the News: Paternity Lawsuits and DNA Testing in Egypt

Last month, Equal Times (a Brussels-based news site) published an article discussing the increase in paternity lawsuits and calls for DNA testing in Egypt. The Egyptian government estimates there are 75,000 paternity cases that are slowly making their way through the family court system. According to the article, the judges in these paternity cases have … Continue reading In the News: Paternity Lawsuits and DNA Testing in Egypt

Islamic Law Scholarship Round Up: Oct 19th

Ralph Grillo, who wrote for the SHARIAsourceBlog in March regarding “The Independent Review into the application of Sharia law in England and Wales” by the UK Home Office, just published an article in the Journal of Muslims in Europe on this ongoing legal and policy debate. In his article (“Comment on the Report of the … Continue reading Islamic Law Scholarship Round Up: Oct 19th

In the News: Interfaith Marriages and Islamic Law in Tunisia

Last fall, Tunisia overturned a 1973 law that banned Muslim women from marrying non-Muslim men. (It is generally accepted by Islamic scholars that men are permitted to marry women of certain monotheistic faiths that predate Islam, such as Judaism and Christianity; however, the opposite scenario—Muslim women marrying non-Muslim men—is a source of contention.) Supporters of … Continue reading In the News: Interfaith Marriages and Islamic Law in Tunisia

In the News: Muslim Marriages in South Africa

On August 31st, a South African court ruled that Islamic law marriages must be recognized by the government in order to provide greater protections to women and children in case of divorce. Currently in South Africa, the law recognizes “customary marriages,” but only when they are part of the “customs and usages traditionally observed among … Continue reading In the News: Muslim Marriages in South Africa

Recent Scholarship: Jaraba on Divorce

A recent article in Islamic Law and Society on "The Practice of Khulʿ in Germany: Pragmatism versus Conservativism," by Mahmoud Jaraba, examines how Muslim women who are religiously-married in Germany might initiate no-fault divorce in the absence of a German registered civil marriage. Because there is no Muslim state authority to consult, local imams and … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Jaraba on Divorce

Recent Scholarship: Journal Issue on Unregistered Marriages

An upcoming special issue of the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion focuses on unregistered Muslim marriages, which was also the topic of a recent SHARIAsource roundtable. The articles reiterate that one of the main challenges with unregistered marriages is that there are certain benefits and state protections that are only available to legally recognized … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Journal Issue on Unregistered Marriages

Recent Scholarship: Registration of Muslim Marriages

Last week’s roundtable discussed the registration of Muslim marriages in modern-day UK. For a historical and comparative perspective, read this article in Islamic Law and Society—written by SHARIAsource Russia, Central Asia & Caucasus Editor Rozaliya Garipova—about the registration of Muslim marriages in nineteenth-century Russia. “Married or Not Married? On the Obligatory Registration of Muslim Marriages … Continue reading Recent Scholarship: Registration of Muslim Marriages

FEATURE :: Roundtable on Islamic Family Law in the UK: Akhter v. Khan (July 2018)

Six scholars and practitioners of Islamic family law and related subjects weigh in on the recent high-profile case of Islamic divorce in the UK, Akhter v. Khan issued by the High Court of Justice of England and Wales.  At the tail end of last month, a UK court decided a case of family law that has reverberated … Continue reading FEATURE :: Roundtable on Islamic Family Law in the UK: Akhter v. Khan (July 2018)

Roundtable on Islamic Family Law in the UK :: Engaging with the Terms of the Marriage Act of 1949

Rebecca Probert comments on the High Court of Justice of England and Wales’ recent decision on the Akhter v. Khan case. The case is one example of the ongoing examination of the legal status of Islamic marriages and divorces under UK law. The key problem with the decision in Akhter v Khan and the Attorney General – as … Continue reading Roundtable on Islamic Family Law in the UK :: Engaging with the Terms of the Marriage Act of 1949