Law: Modern Family Law, 1800–Present: South Asia
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India (including pre-1947 Pakistan and Bangladesh)

The modern legislative bases for Muslim law in India (and pre-1947 Pakistan and Bangladesh) are the Shariat Act of 1937, which established the inheritance rights of Muslim women, and the Dissolution of Muslim Marriages Act of 1939 (Hidayatullah and Shankardass 1968, 3), which dealt with divorce. These acts modified the Ḥanafī laws, which applied to Muslims…

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Lateef, Shahida, “Law: Modern Family Law, 1800–Present: South Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 19 October 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0114f>
First published online: 2009



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