Islamic Family Law
sponsored by a grant from The Ford Foundation

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graphic This global study of Islamic family law (IFL), as the most widely applied family law system in the world today, has two main objectives: to verify and document the scope and manner of the application of IFL around the world; and to explore and substantiate possibilities of IFL reform within particular communities of Muslims in their specific cultural, theological, legal and institutional context. This study is also concerned with evaluating and promoting the practical consistency between IFL and international human rights, especially the rights of women and children. In pursuing these and other related objectives, this study seeks to apply an integrated approach: from research and analysis to policy and law reform proposals, to advocacy for change by groups and organizations within the a country or local community. Please see the Proposal for an overview of concept, methodology, and organization of this study.

This web site is intended to encourage and faciliate maximum interaction between the project team, and the widest possible audience throughout the graphic implemenation of this project so that we can all benefit from comments, corrections, suggestions, sharing of information about actors or activists in this field and their focus, and so forth.

We are hereby inviting all community activists, policy makers, scholars, professionals, and all other concerned persons and organizations to correct our information, critique our analysis, provide whatever information or insights they wish to share with all those who have access to this web site throughout the world.

Please note that the information on Islamic family law presented on the site is updated as of 2002. The site provides social and cultural profiles of various regions as well as legal profiles and other documents updated as of this time period. The Social / Cultural information by Region, Legal Profiles, and other sections on the site are a valuable information and research resource, but should be viewed subject to the above caveat.