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Abduction of American Children to Iran

By Professor Gabriel Sawma   The United States severed diplomatic and consular relations with the Government of Iran on April 7, 1980 as a result of the events surrounding the seizure of our Embassy in Tehran, Iran on November 4, … Continue reading

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ABDUCTION OF AMERICAN CHILDREN TO SAUDI ARABIA

By Prof. Gabriel Sawma   As this article was being written, the court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Family Division, issued a judgment in our favor, granting the custody of two children to the mother and denying a … Continue reading

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New York Appellate Division Accords Recognition and Enforcement of United Arab Emirates Divorce, Mahr, and Custody Judgment

By Professor Gabriel Sawma   This author submitted an affidavit to the New York Supreme Court in Westchester County in support of recognition and enforcement of a divorce decree obtained from Abu Dhabi, an emirate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). … Continue reading

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American Women Marrying Saudi Men

By Professor Gabriel Sawma   Students of Saudi Nationality come to the United States for study. Many of them marry American women with no experience in Saudi Arabia’s family law, and have no idea what they are getting into in … Continue reading

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The Druze Divorce in USA

By Professor Gabriel Sawma Introduction to the Druze Community in USA A study of the Druze community in the United States can be understood within the context of the Druze people and their presence in the Middle East, mainly in … Continue reading

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QATARI DIVORCE IN U.S. COURTS

  By Prof. Gabriel Sawma   INTRODUCTION Qatar, Arabic قطر is a small Arab state, situated in both the northern and eastern hemispheres and is located in the Middle East or South West Asia. Its sole land border is with … Continue reading

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Yemeni Divorce and U.S. Immigration

By Professor Gabriel Sawma   When a divorced male immigrant from Yemen remarries in the United States, immigration authorities may conduct more than the usual scrutiny to see that the divorce in Yemen has been done legally in that country. … Continue reading

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Palestinian Islamic Divorce of West Bank in USA

By Professor Gabriel Sawma   1-Introduction The political history of Palestine, including the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, has produced a particular set of laws and jurisdictions since the beginning of the twentieth century. Until World War I, … Continue reading

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Egyptian Islamic Divorce in USA

  By Prof. Gabriel Sawma   Chronology The family laws for the Muslim community in Egypt are not codified in one law; they are scattered among different laws.  Islamic law, however, remained the most important element to family law. The … Continue reading

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Egyptian Divorce and U.S. Immigration

  Egyptian Divorce and U.S. Immigration By  Prof. Gabriel Sawma   In Egypt, a Muslim husband can end his marriage unilaterally by a simple willful declaration made before the civil state office (ma’dhun) without the need to justify his decision, … Continue reading

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