Inscribing Islamic Shari'a in Egyptian Divorce Law

Monika Lindbekk
2017 Oslo Law Review  
As with other family law regimes, Muslim family law in Egypt plays an important role in shaping gender norms. In this article, I discuss adjudication by family courts during the period 2008-2013. I argue that the most important developments in this regard are: (1) standardisation of the way in which court rulings are written down, which contributed to a normalisation of the male-dominated nuclear family; and (2) the significant inclusion of Islamic sources in court rulings. A central question
more » ... central question in this regard is how judges without a background in classical Islamic jurisprudence have applied the modern legal codes derived from shari'a. I argue that a move towards greater standardisation of practice has taken place through a closer union between law and religious morality, with Quranic verses and the Sunna being used by judges in creative ways. Thus, shari'a is continuously reinscribed in state law and its meaning construed in ways which differ from classical Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh). I also highlight the importance of key contextual factors, such as judicial training, time pressure, and the influence of computer technology, behind these developments.
doi:10.5617/oslaw4081 fatcat:taje7r5yqbb5vjykb7lyz4brya