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Positive Developments in Muslim Family Laws

About This Resource

Musawah is tracking positive developments in Muslim family laws globally. Each country table contains an overview of legislative frameworks, available case law, policies, procedures and practices in the 12 principal areas of concern relating to Muslim family laws. Law reforms in multiple Muslim contexts proves that these laws are based on fiqh and thus not divine or unchangeable, and so must be reformed to address concerns and realities of people living today.

This Musawah project to map Muslim Family Laws globally was led by Zainah Anwar and coordinated by Lead Researcher Sharmila Sharma, with substantive support from Salma Waheedi and students at the International Human Rights Clinic, Harvard Law School. For individual country overview tables, visit

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Contents of the ‘Positive Developments in Muslim Family Laws’ tables are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.


Europe, Latin America-Caribbean, Middle East-North Africa, North America, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa
Thematic Areas