Mahr as Contract: internal pluralism and external perspectives

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dc.contributor.author Spencer, Katherine
dc.date.accessioned 2019-12-02T12:37:39Z
dc.date.available 2019-12-02T12:37:39Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.other 168800548X de_DE
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10900/95227
dc.identifier.uri http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:bsz:21-dspace-952270 de_DE
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.15496/publikation-36610
dc.description.abstract This paper examines the Islamic legal doctrine of mahr - an inherent component to the marriage contract. In the first part the principal aspects of the marriage contract are analysed and the pluralism between Islamic schools and geo-political regimes are acknowledged. In the second part the "mahr" itself is specifically considered, noting the difficulties for Western scholars in conceptualising and categorising a provision that has no equivalent in Judeo-Christian marriage. The third part looks at the ways in which US and UK courts have categorised the mahr as a contract, or a term within a contract and yet have reached different conclusions on its enforceability. This produces inconsistent and sometimes unfair results and begs the question whether the recognition of Islamic family law by "Western" courts is inherently problematic. In the final section I attempt to answer some of those larger questions and conclude with the view that giving effect to mahr agreements as enforceable personal rights is judicially feasible - with the proviso however that in circumstances of profound unfairness and where contrary to public policy courts maintain the discretion to render such contracts unenforceable. en
dc.language.iso en de_DE
dc.publisher Universität Tübingen de_DE
dc.subject.classification Morgengabe , Islam de_DE
dc.subject.ddc 360 de_DE
dc.subject.other Mahr en
dc.subject.other Marriage Contract en
dc.subject.other Enforceability en
dc.title Mahr as Contract: internal pluralism and external perspectives en
dc.type Aufsatz de_DE
utue.publikation.fachbereich Kriminologie de_DE
utue.publikation.fakultaet Kriminologisches Repository de_DE
utue.opus.portal kdoku de_DE
utue.publikation.source Oñati Socio-Legal Series, 1-2, 2011 de_DE

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