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Adoption and Fostering: North Africa
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There is a consensus in formal Islamic jurisprudence that adoption is prohibited. Adoption here means the canceling of birth affiliation and the creation of fictive kinship by a non-related party where name, succession, and inheritance rights of the child are legally created as though the non-related party were a biological parent. It is the absence of the biological bond with such a child that makes this practice dangerous, as explained in Sunnī rites; it alienates these legal heirs, it may lea…

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Bargach, Jamila, “Adoption and Fostering: North Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 03 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0064c>
First published online: 2009

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