Research report 2014 - Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law

Islamic law on the move: The dower and its incorporation in German law

Yassari, Nadjma
Max-Planck-Forschungsgruppe „Das Recht Gottes im Wandel – Rechtsvergleichung im Familien- und Erbrecht islamischer Länder“
The dower (mahr) is a key figure of Islamic marriage law. The work of Nadjma Yassari shows how the dower remains an important tool to fill existing financial gaps. Notwithstanding the continuous reforms of the regulations related to the financial relations between spouses, postmarital solidarity is still weak and there are hardly any social welfare transfers. Emphasizing the function and purpose of the mahr, the book also addresses the incorporation of the dower into private international law and German family law.

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