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FAMILY LAW. Issues of law affecting the family, known as family law, are central to the shari `ah. The Qur'anic verses which concern themselves with issues of law deal to a great extent with matters affecting the family. Many of the hadith concentrate on the same area, and it is therefore no surprise to find that the leading texts of classical Islamic jurists concentrate similarly on the subject of family law. As John Esposito has said it "has enjoyed pride of place within the Shariah" (1982, p. ...more

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