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July 19, 2019, 12:46 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: MARR-LAW-5

"Media noted that official marriages only captured a fraction of underage marriages, since many such marriages were concluded as religious marriages only. A May 2015 Constitutional Court decision legalized the right to be religiously married without obtaining a civil marriage. On December 2, a law (colloquially known as the “mufti” marriage law) entered into force, allowing government-employed religious authorities (muftis) to perform and register marriages" (page 52).
July 17, 2019, 3:48 p.m.
Countries: Singapore
Variables: MARR-LAW-5

"Under the Act, a woman may not marry without a wali (male next of kin)… A Muslim man may marry up to four women without the consent of his existing wives" (12).
July 11, 2019, 5:35 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: MARR-LAW-5

"The Committee welcomes… the adoption of the… Hindu Marriage Registration Act (2012), providing for the legal recognition of Hindu marriages" (1-2).
July 3, 2019, 12:27 p.m.
Countries: Tajikistan

"Due to family pressure, young women, especially adolescent girls, often dropped out of school to marry. The law protects women’s rights in marriage and family matters, but families often pressured female minors to marry against their will. Religious marriages were common substitutes for civil marriages, due to the high marriage registration fees associated with civil marriages and the power afforded men under religious law. In cases of religious marriages not registered with the government, husbands simply repeated a phrase in front of two witnesses to divorce their wives. Husbands also used these officially unregistered religious marriages to prevent wives from accessing family assets and other rights in the event of...more
July 2, 2019, 12:52 p.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: MARR-LAW-5

"A Muslim woman cannot legally marry a non-Muslim unless he converts to Islam. This prohibition usually was neither observed nor enforced among certain populations" (Pg 66).
July 1, 2019, 6:31 p.m.
Countries: Azerbaijan
Variables: MARR-LAW-5

"Girls who married under the terms of religious marriage contracts were of particular concern, since these were not subject to government oversight and do not entitle the wife to recognition of her status in case of divorce" (p. 30).
July 1, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
Countries: Algeria
Variables: MARR-LAW-5

"The law prohibits Muslim women from marrying nonMuslims, although authorities did not always enforce this provision" (p. 27).
June 28, 2019, 7:45 a.m.
Countries: Tunisia

"On September 14, the government cancelled the 1973 decree law that prevented the marriage of Muslim female citizens with non-Muslim men unless the men presented proof of conversion to Islam. Sharia requires men, but not women, to provide for their families. Because of this expectation, in some instances sharia inheritance law provides men with a larger share of an inheritance" (p. 23).
June 25, 2019, 8:40 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: MARR-LAW-5

"The 1984 Kuwaiti Family Law Code prohibits marriage between Muslim women and non-Muslim men. The law does not require a non-Muslim woman to convert to Islam to marry a Muslim man, but many non-Muslim women faced strong economic and societal pressure to convert" (p. 21).
June 11, 2019, 11:54 a.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: MARR-LAW-5

"The law prohibits discriminatory practices against women married under civil law, but women married under customary law face legal and cultural discrimination" (Pg 15).
June 3, 2019, 10:15 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: MARR-LAW-5

"Marriage in Nigeria takes place under three legal systems: Islamic (Maliki school of law), civil (statutory law), and customary (tribal/traditional law). In general, marriages in the north of the country are legislated under Islamic law, while those in the south fall under statutory law. However, even when couples marry under statutory law, customary laws generally prevail in personal matters. In most customary law systems in Nigeria, there is no minimum age for marriage" (Pg 29).
May 28, 2019, 5:40 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: MARR-LAW-5

"Some local interpretations of sharia prohibit a Muslim woman from marrying a non-Muslim man, others permit marrying a Christian or Jewish man. All interpretations allow a Muslim man to marry a Christian or Jewish woman" (38).
May 10, 2019, 3:08 p.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: MARR-LAW-5, AOM-LAW-1

"In the Philippines, the legal age of marriage is 18 years, although marriage before this age is permitted among the indigenous peoples and among Muslims" (48).
April 30, 2019, 5:44 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: MARR-LAW-5

"Since September 2017, Tunisian women are free to marry non-Muslims. President Beji Caid Essebsi repealed a circular dated to 1973, inspired by the country's Muslim traditions that previously required non-Muslim men to convert to Islam in order to marry a Muslim woman. Only then the country's Mufti would allow the marriage to take place." (para 2). ""The whole problem was that we couldn't find in Hammamet a notary who was willing to marry us," Zeineb said recalling the first three notaries she approached who refused to validate the marriage." (para 5). "Two motivated their rejection saying that allowing such marriage was against their principles, the third said that the municipality...more
April 22, 2019, 7:33 a.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: MARR-LAW-2, MARR-LAW-5

"Local interpretation of sharia prohibits Muslim women from marrying nonMuslims and Muslim men from marrying women “not of the book,” generally meaning adherents of religions other than Islam, Christianity, and Judaism" (p. 11).
April 10, 2019, 8:03 p.m.
Countries: Israel

"The country lacks a civil marriage law. In order to be considered legal, civil marriages, marriages of some non-Orthodox Jews, marriages in non-Orthodox ceremonies, same-sex marriages, marriages of a Jew to a non-Jew, or marriages of a Muslim woman to a non-Muslim must take place outside the country to be considered legal, because religious courts refuse to conduct these marriages" (17).
April 9, 2019, 12:57 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: MARR-LAW-5

"There were barriers to marriage between citizens and displaced Afghans. Authorities required Afghans to obtain documentation from their embassy or government offices in Afghanistan to register their marriage in the country, according to media reporting. The law states, 'Any foreigner who marries an Iranian woman without the permission of the Iranian government will be sentenced to two to five years in prison plus a cash penalty'" (27).
March 5, 2019, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: Malaysia
Variables: MARR-LAW-5

"The government does not recognize marriages between Muslims and non-Muslims and considers children born of such marriages illegitimate" (9).
March 1, 2019, 11:52 p.m.
Countries: Qatar
Variables: MARR-LAW-5

"If any one of the requirements for the validity of a marriage is not present, or the conditions provided for in the guidelines and provisions for marriage under the sharia and the law are not fulfilled – such as that one of the parties to the marriage forced the other, or was forced to act against his or her will, or was subject to any means of material or psychological compulsion from either the spouse or the guardian – then the party that acted under duress or a victim of a forced marriage may request annulment of the marriage contract. Compulsion with respect to the marriage contract renders the consent...more
March 1, 2019, 10:38 a.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: MARR-LAW-5

"A high court judge has decided that a couple’s Islamic marriage falls within the scope of English matrimonial law, in a ruling that could have implications for thousands of Muslims in the UK" (para 1). "Nasreen Akhter wanted to divorce Mohammed Shabaz Khan, her husband of 20 years, but he blocked it, arguing that the couple were not married under English law. Akhter and Khan underwent a religious marriage ceremony, known as a nikah, conducted by an imam in 1998. This year Akhter, a solicitor, petitioned for divorce, saying the nikah constituted a valid marriage. Khan, a businessman, wanted to prevent Akhtar from bringing a case for a divorce settlement...more
Feb. 6, 2019, 6:38 a.m.
Countries: Canada
Variables: MARR-LAW-5

"Islamic law allowed polygamy, plural marriages are banned in Canada" (para. 15). "The Canadian Council of Imams, which represents the majority of imams in Canada, has declared that polygamous marriages, permitted according to the Qur'an, are nevertheless not valid because they are a violation of Canadian law" (para. 18).
Jan. 29, 2019, 2:53 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: MARR-LAW-5

"The requirement for Sunni Muslim women to have a male guardian ('wali') to enter a marriage contract, and of Shia Muslim women to have a Muslim man witness their marriage" (pg. 13).
Jan. 25, 2019, 9:57 p.m.
Countries: Israel

"Women suffer from discrimination in divorce matters because they are under the influence of discriminatory religious laws. Given that, under Jewish law, only men can grant consent for a divorce (get), women are susceptible to extortion by their husbands and concede to certain marital terms in return for a get, while Muslim women fear losing custody of their children should they embark on a new relationship" (pg. 17).
Jan. 14, 2019, 5:54 p.m.
Countries: Algeria

"During the conflict, the children were born as the offspring of consensual yet invalid marriages—contracted solely through a reading of the Fatiha, the first chapter of the Qur’an—or in circumstances of a forced union or rape" (Para 3).
Jan. 8, 2019, 9:46 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: MARR-LAW-5

"'Lack of fairness is a common feature of most of the customary law regime. Under most native laws and conducts, there is discrimination against the female,' Justice Onyeabo posited. Corroborating the judge’s view was a lecturer of Private and Property Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, Dr. Babatunde Oni, who spoke on the same platform and observed that the discrimination against women who marry under the customary law is real" (Para 19-20).
Jan. 3, 2019, 1:50 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: MARR-LAW-5

"[Tunisia's president Essebsi], has ended a decades-long ban on Tunisian Muslim women marrying non-Muslim men" (para 3).
Jan. 2, 2019, 2:04 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: MARR-LAW-5

"Customary law based on sharia prohibits Muslim women from marrying outside their religion" (page 17-18).
Dec. 21, 2018, 4:39 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: MARR-LAW-5

"On September 14, the government cancelled the 1973 decree law that prevented the marriage of Muslim female citizens with non-Muslim men unless the men presented proof of conversion to Islam" (page 23).
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:46 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: MARR-LAW-5

"The so-called “Laws on the Protection of Race and Religion,” passed in February 2015, impose strict limitations on women’s rights, including the right to choose a spouse and the number and spacing of children" (page 4).
Nov. 3, 2018, 10:36 a.m.
Countries: Israel

"Separate religious court systems adjudicate matters such as marriage and divorce for the Jewish, Muslim, Christian, and Druze communities. Each year an estimated 20,000 civil marriages, marriages of some non-Orthodox Jews, marriages in non-Orthodox ceremonies, marriages of a Jew to a non-Jew, or marriages of a Muslim woman to a non-Muslim must take place outside the country to be considered legal, because religious courts refuse to accept these marriages, and the country lacks a civil marriage law" (para 58)