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Marriage Practices: South Asia
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Muslim marriage in South Asia requires the nikāḥ ( marriage contract), which is binding on both parties, and the mahr, which is a gift given by the groom to the bride on the occasion of marriage, for a marriage to be considered legally and socially acceptable. These features must be seen in a cultural context in which a marriage generally means a relationship between families rather than only between the couple concerned, an unequal relationship between the families in which the groom's family is of a higher statu…

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Fazalbhoy, Nasreen, “Marriage Practices: South Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 21 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0183g>
First published online: 2009

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