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Gender and Politics
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Muslim Divorce in the Middle East

Contesting Gender in the Contemporary Courts

Authors: Carlisle, Jessica

  • Explores the legal regulation of gender roles through an analysis of Muslim divorce cases 
  • Provides a comparative evaluation of Syria, Morocco and Libya
  • Uses legislation, legal case files, statistics, media reports and ethnographic observations
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How have Muslim marriages legally ended around the turn of the 21st century? Who has the power to initiate and resist shari‘a derived divorce? When are husbands and wives made to bear the costs of their marital breakdown? What does divorce law indicate about the development of gender regimes in the Middle East and North Africa? This book opens with a description of the historical development of Islamic divorce in the MENA. Subsequent chapters follow a Syrian male judge, a Moroccan female legal advice worker and a Libyan female judge as they deal with divorce cases in which husbands, wives, their relatives and lawyers debate gender roles in contemporary Muslim marriages. MENA ‘state feminism’ has increasingly equalized men’s and women’s access to divorce and encouraged discussions about how spouses should treat each other in marriage. The real life outcomes of these reforms have often been surprising. Moreover, as the last chapter explores, jihadi proto-states (such as Islamic State) have violently rejected state feminist divorce law reform. This accessible book will appeal to students, researchers and a general readership interested in Islamic law; Middle Eastern studies; gender and sexuality; and, legal and social anthropology.

About the authors

Jessica Carlisle is currently Research Fellow (Legal Geography) on the project Topological Atlas based at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. She has worked in Syria, Morocco, Libya and Egypt, where she has researched the text and practice of shari‘a derived personal status (family and inheritance) law; constitutional and administrative law; the roles and organization of legal professionals; experiences of migration; and the conduct of politicized domestic and transnational disputes.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)
  • Muslim Divorce in the MENA: Shari‘a, Codification, State Feminism, and the Courts

    Pages 1-31

    Carlisle, Jessica

  • The Damascus Shari‘a Court: The Judge, Arbitration, and Lawyers in 2005

    Pages 33-68

    Carlisle, Jessica

  • A Legal Aid Centre in Marrakesh: Civil Society Activists and the Court in 2007

    Pages 69-96

    Carlisle, Jessica

  • Tripoli’s Family Court: The Judge in Post-Revolution 2013

    Pages 97-120

    Carlisle, Jessica

  • Challenges to State Feminism in Conflict-Afflicted Syria and Libya

    Pages 121-145

    Carlisle, Jessica

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eBook 41,64 €
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Hardcover 53,49 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-77006-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover 53,49 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Muslim Divorce in the Middle East
Book Subtitle
Contesting Gender in the Contemporary Courts
Authors
Series Title
Gender and Politics
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-77007-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-77007-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-77006-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-08346-5
Series ISSN
2662-5814
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 158
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