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Reforming Family Law : Social and Political Change in Jordan and Morocco, Paperback / softback Book

Reforming Family Law : Social and Political Change in Jordan and Morocco Paperback / softback

Part of the Cambridge Middle East Studies series

Paperback / softback

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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.

Doerthe 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.

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