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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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Saudi Divorce in USA

Saudi Divorce in USA By Prof. Gabriel Sawma   Introduction The modern Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was founded in 1932 by King Abdul-Aziz Al Saud. It earns its position as the location of the holiest shrines in Islam, Mecca and … Continue reading

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Saudi Divorce and U.S. Immigration

Saudi Divorce and U.S. Immigration By Prof. Gabriel Sawma   Introduction Saudi Arabia is a Kingdom established in 1932 by King Abdul-Aziz. It is the only country among Muslim nations whose constitution is the Qur’an and the Sunnah, and whose … Continue reading

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Saudi Arabian Child Custody Cases in U.S. Courts

SAUDI ARABIAN CHILD CUSTODY CASES IN U.S. COURTS By Prof. Gabriel Sawma   This article is written to address the issue of recognizing, by U.S. courts, divorce decrees obtained from Saudi Arabia involving custody of children. In most cases, a … Continue reading

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Pakistani Divorce and U.S. Immigration

  By Professor Gabriel Sawma   Citizens from Pakistan divorce their spouses and come to the United States seeking U.S. citizenship. They present their divorce decrees to the Immigration offices. But can these decrees be recognized by the immigration authorities? … Continue reading

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Muslim Divorce in Tunisia

Muslim Divorce in Tunisia By Prof. Gabriel Sawma     Background The Republic of Tunisia (al Jumhuriyyah al-Tunisiyyah) is a North African nation with population of approximately 11,000,000; its capital is Tunis. The country is bordered on the west by … Continue reading

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Muslim Divorce in Bangladesh

Muslim Divorce in Bangladesh By Prof. Gabriel Sawma   Introduction to Bangladesh Bangladesh lies on the northern coast of the Bay of Bengal; the country is surrounded by India, with a small common border with Myanmar in the southeast. Bangladesh … Continue reading

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Marriage of Minors in Islam

Marriage of Minors in Islam By Prof. Gabriel Sawma Under the rules of Islamic marriage according to the Hanafi traditions, a marriage cannot be contracted by an insane person, or by a boy without understanding. The hearing and consent by … Continue reading

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Muslim Men Marrying Non-Muslim Women

Muslim Men Marrying Non-Muslim Women By Prof. Gabriel Sawma   The Quran, a primary source of Islamic Sharia, permits a Muslim man to marry non-Muslim woman. It reads: “[be lawful to you in marriage] are chaste women from those who … Continue reading

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