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Non-Legally Binding Muslim Marriages in England and Qatar: Circumventing the State


Akhtar, Rajnaara C (2020). Non-Legally Binding Muslim Marriages in England and Qatar: Circumventing the State. Electronic Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law (EJIMEL), 8(1):13-24.

Abstract

Marriage and relationship norms are changing globally. The state’s role in administrating marriages and relationship breakdown is coming under mounting stress due to the increasing manifestation of differing relationship norms. In England, the state is grappling with non-legally binding marriages and non-formal relationships, including Muslim religious-only marriages and cohabitation respectively. In Qatar, on the other hand, the state carefully regulates marriages, including, in some instances, the question of who marries whom. However, the issue of nonlegally binding “religious-only” marriages can be located in both of these very disparate legal systems. This paper explores the way in which couples in both countries are bypassing the state to enter marriages based on their individual circumstances, and the situations in which non-legally binding marriages are a conscious choice.

Abstract

Marriage and relationship norms are changing globally. The state’s role in administrating marriages and relationship breakdown is coming under mounting stress due to the increasing manifestation of differing relationship norms. In England, the state is grappling with non-legally binding marriages and non-formal relationships, including Muslim religious-only marriages and cohabitation respectively. In Qatar, on the other hand, the state carefully regulates marriages, including, in some instances, the question of who marries whom. However, the issue of nonlegally binding “religious-only” marriages can be located in both of these very disparate legal systems. This paper explores the way in which couples in both countries are bypassing the state to enter marriages based on their individual circumstances, and the situations in which non-legally binding marriages are a conscious choice.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:Journals > Electronic Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law (EJIMEL) > Archive > 8/2020 > Articles
Dewey Decimal Classification:Unspecified
Language:English
Date:2020
Deposited On:13 May 2020 16:38
Last Modified:17 Jun 2020 16:30
Publisher:Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Legal Studies (CIMELS), University of Zurich
ISSN:1664-5707
OA Status:Gold
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:https://www.ejimel.uzh.ch
Related URLs:https://www.zora.uzh.ch/id/eprint/186936/

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