Research

Islamic Family Law Project

Project Description

A comprehensive analysis of the sources and scope of Islamic family law around the world, and of possible reforms in light of international and domestic human rights norms.

Sponsors

The Ford Foundation

Directors
Other Participants
  • Liazzat Bonate, University of London
  • Codou Bop, GREFELS, Senegal
  • Rohit Chopra, Emory University
  • Maria Fadlemula, Emory University
  • Svetlana Peshkova, Emory University
  • Jyoti Punwani, journalist, India
  • Deborah Scroggins, journalist, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Somnur Vardar, journalist, Turkey
  • Lynn Welchman, University of London
  • Saira Zuberi, University of London

Project Publications

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Islamic Family Law in a Changing World: A Global Resource Book, Zed Books, 2002 Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
Women and Land in Africa: Culture, Religion, and Realizing Women's Rights, Zed Books, 2003 L. Muthoni Wanyeki
Women's Rights and Islamic Family Law: Perspectives on Reform, Zed Books, 2004 Lynn Welchman
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