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Islamic Law Egypt - Adjudicating Islamic Family Law in Egypt: Continuity and Rupture

A post-doctoral research project focusing on adjudication of Muslim marriage and divorce law by Egyptian courts before and after the 2011 revolution. More generally, the research focuses on the intersection between law, religion, and gender in this field. The overall aim of the project is to contribute to the scholarly literature on law in context and in action, more specifically a growing literature on the implementation of shari‘a-derived family legislations in courts. Given that Muslim family law is ostensibly drawn from the stipulations of Islamic shari‘a, a further aim is to shed light on the intersection between law and Islamic normativity in this field of law, and how legal reasoning is shaped by a modern, positivistic conception of law. At the core of this study was an analysis of judicial practice at five Cairenese family courts. With a view to investigate how Cairenes family courts integrate various social classes into what they regard as the essence of Islam, she draws material from five family courts in different neighbourhoods in Cairo during the period 2011-2015. The project addresses how judges articulate notions of gender relations in relation to contraction of marriage and divorce.

PUBLICATIONS

Filling Gaps in legislation: The Use of Fiqh by Contemporary Courts in Morocco, Egypt, and Indonesia
Monika Lindbekk, Dupret, B., Utriza Yakin, A. & Bouhya, A., 2019, (Accepted/In press) I : Islamic Law and Society. 27, 3

Review of Mulki al-Sharmani, Gender Justice and Legal Reform in Egypt: Negotiating Muslim Family Law.
Monika Lindbekk
, 2019, (Accepted/In press) I : Religion and Gender. 9, 1

Introduction: Uses of the Past: Sharīʿa and Gender in Legal Theory and Practice in Palestine and Israel
Monika Lindbekk
, Edres, N. & Schneider, I., 2018, Uses of the Past: Sharīʿa and Gender in Legal Theory and Practice in Palestine and Israel. Edres, N. & Schneider, I. (red.). Wiesbaden: Otto Harrassowitz Verlag

Sociology of Law Department
Lund University
Visiting address: Allhelgona Kyrkogata 18 C, 3rd floor, 223 62 Lund, SWEDEN
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Faculty of Social Sciences