• Corpus ID: 52224503

Interfaith Marriage in Islam: An Examination of the Legal Theory Behind the Traditional and Reformist Positions

  title={Interfaith Marriage in Islam: An Examination of the Legal Theory Behind the Traditional and Reformist Positions},
  author={Alex B. Leeman},
  journal={Indiana Law Journal},
  • Alex B. Leeman
  • Published 31 December 2009
  • Political Science
  • Indiana Law Journal
Leo Barajas was a thirty-four-year-old American contractor from Texas working for the U.S. government managing reconstruction projects in Iraq. Though not particularly religious at home, he called on the Almighty often enough during his time in Baghdad. “I had to wake up by faith, sleep by faith and do my job by faith,” he said. In August 2003, Leo met a striking young Iraqi woman named Mariam Ghadeer. In a short time, she had stolen his heart. By the end of 2003, wedding plans were underway… 

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And hold fast by the covenant of Allah all together and be not disunited, and remember the favor of Allah on you when you were enemies, then He united your hearts so by His favor you became brethren

    See Kurzman, supra note 186, at 22 for a similar analysis concerning polygamy

      at 7; see also IBRAHIM, supra note 33, at 10 ("[T]he legal teachings of the Holy Quran were practical and related to the situation for which it was revealed

        as if to insinuate that the "honor killing" was based on Islam, as he noted, "in this community it is forbidden for Christians to marry Muslims

          See Rasjidi, supra note 192, at 407; see also QUR'AN, supra note 41

            See Rasjidi, supra note 192, at 424 (noting that Islam has "no master organization" requiring religious conformity and, consequently, experiences a certain level of

              Kurzman cited the argument of Isa Wali, who stated that the practice of polygamy was socially necessary to rectify the problem of a surplus of unmarried women due to war