News from the Research Group on law in Islamic countries

Can Islamic law develop without state interference? Analysing change in Islamic law can help us understand social and political developments in the Muslim world. Dominik Krell talks about his research about divorce law in Saudi Arabia.  more

A comparative study authored by the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in 2020 at the behest of the German Federal Constitutional Court forms the basis of an edited volume that examines the legal, social and practical aspects of early marriage in a global context. more

Afternoon Talks on Islamic Law: Moderated by the Research Group on the Law of Islamic Countries, Mahmood Kooria (Leiden University, University of Bergen and Ashoka University) gave a talk on “Women in the Name of Islam: Succession and Endowment Practices among Matrilineal Muslims”. more

In 2017, the Law to Combat Child Marriage came into force in Germany, preventing minors in Germany from entering into a marriage and rendering without effect marriages concluded by minors abroad. This law is now being subject to constitutional scrutiny. A team of academics led by Nadjma Yassari and Ralf Michaels has authored a comparative assessment for the Federal Constitutional Court (BVerfG) that examines the phenomenon of early marriage in the context of various legal systems and cultures. more

Priv.-Doz. Dr. Nadjma Yassari, Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Research Group "Changes in God’s Law – An Inner-Islamic Comparison of Family and Succession Laws" at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, was in September 2020 appointed by the Federal Foreign Office to the German Federal Government’s Civil Advisory Board on Crisis Prevention. more

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