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Law: Modern Family Law, 1800–Present: United States
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Muslim women in the United States constantly struggle to reconcile the legal requirements and the value system of their faith with the United States system of justice and its system of values. Recent immigrants seeking a divorce, or the enforcement of nuptial agreements obtained in countries where Islamic law is recognized add questions of international law to this struggle as well. Muslim family law is an amalgam of Islamic law and the Mediterranean family structure, which anthropologists chara…

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Fareed, Muneer, “Law: Modern Family Law, 1800–Present: United States”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 24 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0114h>
First published online: 2009

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