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.


The Ford Foundation

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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In Their Own Words

"We need to develop ways to teach families to talk about their individual and shared past together in ways that facilitate adolescent self-understanding and self-esteem. We need to teach families to talk about their negative experiences and their negative emotions in ways that help adolescents learn to manage and regulate their negative affect, rather than to act out on it. These are not difficult concepts; if we can help families to collaboratively construct narratives then we can help families buffer adolescents from the stress and storm of adolescence and help these adolescents to form healthy adult identities. Families build resilience through building stories."

–Robyn L. Fivush