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Reforming family law (2019)

social and political change in Jordan and Morocco

in: Cambridge Middle East studies, 55

Abstract

As the only area of law that is still commonly termed 'Islamic law', family law is one of the most sensitive and controversial legal areas in all Muslim-majority countries. Morocco and Jordan both issued new family codes in the 2000s, but there are a number of differences in the ways these two states engaged in reform. These include how the reform was carried out, the content of the new family codes, and the way the new laws are applied. Based on extensive fieldwork and rich in sources, this book examines why these two ostensibly similar semi-authoritarian regimes varied so significantly in their engagement with family law. Dörthe Engelcke demonstrates that the structure of the legal systems, shaped by colonial policies, had an effect on how reform processes were carried out as well as the content and the application of family law.

Keywords

Domestic relations, Law reform, Morocco, Jordan

Sprachen

Englisch

Verlag

Cambridge University Press

ISBN

9781108634342, 9781108496612, 9781108721752

Seiten

xv, 266

DOI

10.1017/9781108634342

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