Of Wife and the Domestic Servant in the Arab World

Lama Abu-Odeh

Georgetown University Law Center


Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 12-135

The author asserts to avoid common misunderstandings on the relevance of Sharia to modern women in the Arab World that a) Shari’s relevance to the lives of modern women in the Arab World has been largely confined to the area of family law, b) in the modern nation state Sharia has been codified, i.e., certain rules derived from Islamic jurisprudence on the family have been selected and passed as laws, each nation state having its own unique combination of such rules, c) the courts and the judges who adjudicate disputes on family law are either secular courts/judges, or judges trained in state-run judiciary institutions with specific instruction on the state-based modern understanding of what Sharia is and d) the code, rather than Quran, the prophetic traditions, or the school of Islamic jurisprudence, is the primary source of the law. The latter constitute secondary sources.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 11

Keywords: Arab wife, domestic servant, Sharia, Islam, Islam family law, marriage

JEL Classification: K00, K30, K39

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Date posted: September 18, 2012  

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Abu-Odeh, Lama, Of Wife and the Domestic Servant in the Arab World (2012). Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 12-135. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2147832

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Lama Abu-Odeh (Contact Author)
Georgetown University Law Center ( email )
600 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
United States
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