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2660 Woodley Rd NW
Washington, DC, 20008

November 2017

MESA Annual Meeting

November 18, 2017 - November 21, 2017
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Rd NW
Washington, DC, 20008
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2017 MESA: Judicial activism in the field of Egyptian shari‘a-derived family law

November 21, 2017 @ 08:00 - 10:00
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Rd NW
Washington, DC, 20008
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Presenter: Monika Lindbekk This paper analyzes aspects of judicial activism in the field of Egyptian personal status law for Muslims. In a country where reform of the current personal status codes is politically fraught, family court judges perform an important semi-legislative task in interpreting and applying the law. Taking this as a point of departure, the paper argues that courts are an important site for exercising Islamic authority and positioning citizens as religious subjects. Among other things, family courts in…

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