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Global diversity in family law

December 14, 2021

Against the background of cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity, new forms of marriage and new notions of family are driving societal change. What consequences do these developments have for family law? Nadjma Yassari, Head of the Research Group on Islamic Law at the Institute has edited a new volume, together with Marie-Claire Foblets, Director at the MPI for Social Anthropology, that examines these questions comparatively. more

On 30 November 2021, Nadjma Yassari, who leads 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 granted the title of professor by the University of Hamburg. more

Traditional notions of family, marriage, and parenthood around the world have changed significantly in recent decades. The result is often that black-letter law is at odds with both actual practices and the social reality. Since 2009, the research group “Changes in God’s Law” at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law has been studying developments in the civil law of Muslim jurisdictions. The group is led by Nadjma Yassari. One of its current focuses is the law of succession. more

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

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