Embedding Mahr in the European Legal System
- (Islamic dower)af Rubya Medhi, Jørgen S. Nielsen (eds)
Globalization and migration have served to make European societies multicultural to an unprecedented extent since 1945, but thet have also increasingly brought multicultural life into the court rooms and administrative institutions. However, there remains a lack of in-depth research investigating particular issues of Muslim family laws and how these interact with society on an unofficial level as well as in relation to the official legal processes. It is especially this latter aspects, i.e. how alternative norms play out in the formal courts, which is the focus of this book, with mahr as the main reference point.Mahr, usually translated as dower (to distinguish it from dowry as the contribution which a brude brings to a marriage), is an amount of money or property which in a Muslim marriage is an obligation of the husband to the wife and has generally been more sympathetically treated by European courts than any other aspect of Islamic family law. Mahr engages various branches of the law such as gender equality, status of religion, contract, family including inheritance, and private international law. It is a topic which functions as a prism through which much broader issues of cultural, religious and legal pluralism can be brought together for an analysis with implications beyond the apparently narrow focus of the immediate subject.ContentAcknowledgements Biographical Notes Introduction Part I. Contexts Trans-National and Historical Chapter 1. Mahr Meanings - Dower Dealings: Reflections from Palestine Chapter 2. Expensive Marriage or Women's Security: Mahr Debates from Aden, South YemenChapter 3. Morning Gifts in the Legal History of Europe and Denmark Part II. Contexts ComparativeChapter 4. Mahr and Gender Equality in Private International Law: The Adjudication of Mahr in England, France, Norway and SwedenChapter 5. The Struggle of Embedding the Islamic Mahr in a Western Legal SystemChapter 6. Mahr (dower) as a Bargaining Tool in a European Context: a Comparison of Dutch and Norwegian Judicial DecisionsPart III. Single Country Case Studies Chapter 7. The Islamic Mahr in German Courts: Characterization in Private International Law and Accommodation in German National Family LawChapter 8. Mahr in Danish Law Chapter 9. Facing the Unknown/Defacing the Known - Mahr in Swedish CourtsChapter 10. Muslim Marriage and Mahr: The Experience of British Muslim Women
- 1. Februar 2011
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