Divorce According to the Procedure of Talaq in Islamic Law Cover Image

Rozwód według procedury talaq w prawie islamu
Divorce According to the Procedure of Talaq in Islamic Law

Author(s): Mirosław Sadowski
Subject(s): Philosophy of Law, Sociology of Law
Published by: Krajowa Izba Radców Prawnych
Keywords: divorce in Islamic law; sharia; talaq

Summary/Abstract: The article aims to present the specific nature of divorce in sharia law (the law of Islam, Islamic law – used interchangeably). While reflecting on the subject, the author points out that under this legal system marriage takes the form of a civil contract of sorts, which – as any other contract – may be terminated. Divorce procedures according to Islamic law can take a variety of forms. The dissolution of a marriage can be initiated by one of the parties, a mutual agreement, or a judicial decree. Unlike the legal tradition of the West, the majority of divorces do not involve court proceedings. The article offers an analysis of the Islamic divorce procedure of talaq, i.e. the one-sided termination of a marriage by a husband declaring that he “repudiates” his wife. In the end, the author concludes that sharia divorce sanctions legal inequality between parties, conferring a markedly higher legal status to the man – as does the entire body of Islamic law.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 35-54
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Polish