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Islamic marriage contracts: how can they be legally enforced?

In countries where Islam is not widely understood, ensuring the legality of the Islamic marriage contract (nikkah) in the courts presents special challenges.

Marriage in Islam is not a sacrament, but a covenant. It is solidified when the couple agrees to or signs a legally binding marriage contract, or nikkah.

Although a couple may include highly detailed prenuptial agreements in their marriage contract, cases do arise where a spouse contests the terms agreed upon. How then can Muslims in Western countries ensure the legality of the marriage contract at the time of its signing?

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 June 2012 11:39


Difficult doctors; sick doctors: behavioural forensics in clinician misconduct and malpractice

Your Expert Witness rupert whitakerby Dr Rupert Whitaker

The public has probably complained about clinicians’ behaviour since the beginning of medicine, but malpractice litigation is an extreme and ineffective form of feedback as even successful suits do not require any change in the defendants’ behaviour.
Furthermore, the culture of clinical practice is defensive of the practitioner rather than the patient due to an outdated sense of privilege, particularly among physicians, which results in a form of professional narcissism and closing of ranks that can make things even more difficult for the plaintiff.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 June 2012 11:41