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Knowing Our Rights - Women, Family, Laws and Customs in the Muslim World
Knowing Our Rights - Women, Family, Laws and Customs in the Muslim World

Knowing Our Rights - Women, Family, Laws and Customs in the Muslim World

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Language

English

Publisher

Kali/Zubaan

ISBN

8186706690 - Year: 2006 - Pages: 360

Binding

Paperback

A Collection

Author: A Collection
Publisher: Kali/Zubaan
Year: 2006
Language: English
Pages: 360
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8186706690

Description

In much of the Muslim world, women’s lack of knowledge about statutory provisions and about the sources of customs and practices applied in their immediate community obstructs their ability to change their circumstances. This understanding was the basis for the Women & Law in the Muslim World Programme of the international solidarity network, Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML).

Knowing our Rights forms part of the international synthesis of the Women & Law in the Muslim World Programme and is based on some 10 years of field experience, research and analysis by multi-disciplinary teams of net workers in over 20 countries across Asia, Africa and the Middle East. These include majority and minority Muslim communities; communities which are governed by family laws based on Muslim laws and those which are subject to a general law applicable to all communities; legal systems that formally recognize customary laws, and those that do not; as well as diverse (and changing) political situations.

Research on women in the family was of principal importance because it is in the family that we experience imposed definitions of gender-appropriate roles on a daily basis. Knowing Our Rights is designed as a tool for activists engaged in lobbying and advocacy related to women’s rights within the family at the policy level as well as in communities. It covers twenty-six topics relevant to marriage and divorce, including the status of children (paternity and adoption) and child custody and guardianship. Not only is it unique in providing a user-friendly, cross-comparative analysis of the diversities and commonalities of laws and customs across the Muslim world, it is also the first handbook to attempt to rank laws in Muslim communities in terms of whether they are more or less option-giving for women, analyzed from a rights perspective and the realities of women’s lives.

This Handbook is an essential resource for those taking a critical and questioning approach to rights, laws, and constructions of womanhood in Muslim countries and communities and beyond.

Contents

Acknowledgements

Glossary

Abbreviations

List of Statutes

CHAPTER 1- INTRODUCTION

a) Women Living Under Muslim Laws and the Women & Law in the Muslim World Programme
b) International Synthesis of the W&L Programme

CHAPTER 2 - LAWS, LEGAL SYSTEMS AND CHANGE

a) Our Definition of Terms
b) Constitutional Law, CEDAW and International Human Rights Laws and Norms
c) Laws and Social Contexts
d) Constitutional and Legal Frameworks

CHAPTER 3 - MARRIAGE REQUISITES

a) An Overview
b) Capacity
c) Consent
d) Forced Marriage and Choice in Marriage
e) Capacity to Marry-Other Prohibitions
f) Witnesses and Mahr (Dower)

CHAPTER 4 - CHILD MARRIAGE

CHAPTER 5 - MARRIAGE CONTRACTS

a) Registration and Validity
b) Marriage Contracts and Registers
c) Inherent Rights and Responsibilities
d) Negotiated Rights and Responsibilities
e) Mahr (Dower)
f) Other Payments and Exchange

CHAPTER 6 - TYPES OF MARRIAGES

A) Polygyny
B) Mut’a, Concubinage, and Common Law Marriage

CHAPTER 7 - MAINTENANCE

CHAPTER 8 - STATUS OF CHILDREN

CHAPTER 9 - DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE

a) Dissolution of Marriage - An Overview
b) Muslim Laws on Dissolution - An Overview
c) Mubarat and Divorce by Mutual Agreement
d) Talaq
e) Talaq Tafwid (Esma and the Delegated Right of Divorce)
f) Khul
g) Other Forms of Dissolution for Women
h) Dissolution on Equal Grounds for Women and Men

CHAPTER 10 - MATTERS RELATED TO DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE

a) Idda and The Waiting Period
b) Financial Rights and Settlements
c) Hilala (Intervening Marriage)
d) Custody and Guardianship of Children

ANNEXE-1
Countries covered by the W&L Research

ANNEXE-2
List of Organizations

Bibliography

Index

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