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- DescriptionThe current Syrian crisis has its roots in the sectarian nature of the country's multi-religious society. Since Ottoman times, the different religious communities have enjoyed the right to regulate and administer their own family relations. Matters of personal status including marriage, divorce, child custody and inheritance continue to be managed by a variety of religious laws and courts operating simultaneously within the legal system of the state. However, this complex system of competing jurisdictions has also affected inter-communal relations and has been used to deepen communal divides. Esther van Eijk discusses socio-legal practices in Syria by focusing on three courts: a shar'iyya, a Catholic court and a Greek-Orthodox court. While the plurality of Syrian family law is clear, she shows how - irrespective of religious affiliation - it is nevertheless characterised by the prevalence of shared cultural or patriarchal views and rms on marital relations, family and gender. Based on extensive fieldwork, Family Law in Syria offers a detailed analysis of a country that has in recent years been inaccessible to researchers.The book is a vital contribution to the growing literature on personal status laws in the Middle East and sheds light on the historical, socio-political and religious complexities and fault-lines that mark contemporary Syria.
- Author BiographyEsther van Eijk is a postdoctoral researcher in the Faculty of Law at Maastricht University and holds a PhD from Leiden University. Her work has appeared in the books Family Law in Islam: Divorce, Marriage and Women in the Muslim World and Sharia Incorporated: A Comparative Overview of the Legal Systems of Twelve Muslim Countries in Past and Present. She has also published in the journals Electronic Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law and Erasmus Law Review. She is Board Member and Secretary of the Dutch Association for the Study of the Law of Islam and the Middle East.
- Author(s)Esther van Eijk
- PublisherI.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
- Date of Publication30/05/2016
- SubjectNational Law: Professional
- Series TitleLibrary of Islamic Law
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Content Note6 bw integrated
- Weight567 g
- Width138 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine30 mm
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