Inheritance: Contemporary Practice: South Asia
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Inheritance laws in South Asia fall within the jurisdiction of personal laws. These are not universal, but are differentiated by religious denomination. However, in precolonial times, the civil law of the land, now defined as customary law, tended to be homogeneous. Thus Muslim daughters frequently did not claim their full share of inheritance, permissible under Qurʾānic laws. They gave their share to their brothers to protect their right to return to the family home in case of conflict, divorce…

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Murshid, Tazeen Mahnaz, “Inheritance: Contemporary Practice: South Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 21 September 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0094c>
First published online: 2009



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