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Child Marriage: Sub-Saharan Africa, Overview
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This entry provides an overview of early marriage of girls under the age of 18 from a human rights and gender perspective. It examines international conventions relating to child marriage and critiques the application of Islamic law (Sharīʿa) in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Definition of early marriage

There is no accepted age of marriage in United Nations (UN) instruments; nor do these clearly state when a girl is too young to marry. Although the…

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Moosa, Najma, “Child Marriage: Sub-Saharan Africa, Overview”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 05 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0162e>
First published online: 2009

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