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Marriage On Trial: A Study of Islamic Family Law [Paperback]

Ziba Mir-Hosseini

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Jan. 6 2001 1860646085 978-1860646089 Revised Edition
Debates over family law are a sensitive subject in the Muslim world, revealing something of the struggle between forces of traditionalism and modernism. The highly disparate tendencies within Islamic "fundamentalism" share a desire to re-institute Shar'ia law, regarded as the last bastion of the Islamic ideal of social relations. This book probes the theory and practice of Islamic family law in the contemporary Muslim world, focusing on the dynamics of marriage and the consequences of its breakdown, and the ways in which litigants manipulate the law to resolve marital and child custody disputes.

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'One of the best, most original and liveliest books on the subject I have ever read ... The author does what few writers on the subject are able to do. She goes beyond the classical text-books of fiqh, and asks how law is actually interpreted, administered and used in Muslim societies.' - Albert Hourani

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Ziba Mir-Hosseini is a distinguished anthropologist who carried out her work at Girton College, Cambridge. She was the co-producer of the classic documentary Divorce Iranian Style.

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