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Islamic Divorce in North America: A Shari’a Path in a Secular Society

Julie Macfarlane


There is increasing attention among policy makers and the public to the role of shari’a in everyday life for Western Muslims, raising many negative associations and public fear. In fact, the most common way in which North American Muslims relate to shari’a is via observance of Islamic marriage and divorce rituals. Recourse to traditional Islamic marriage—or nikah—and, to a lesser extent, religious divorce, is common among Muslims regardless of their levels of traditional observance. Based on hundreds of personal interviews, this book describes Muslim marriage and divorce processes in the West, ... More

Keywords: Shari’a, Islamic divorce, Islamic marriage contract, nikah, North America

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199753918
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199753918.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julie Macfarlane, author
University of Windsor