Muslim marriages, the South African state and the courts: between limbo, liberation, and the spaces for contestation in-between

  title={Muslim marriages, the South African state and the courts: between limbo, liberation, and the spaces for contestation in-between},
  author={Goolam Vahed},
  journal={Contemporary South Asia},
  pages={44 - 57}
  • G. Vahed
  • Published 2 January 2022
  • Sociology
  • Contemporary South Asia
ABSTRACT A central feature of South Africa's legal system under white minority rule was the state's institutionalisation of racist structures and a distinct Christian bias in religious matters. Muslim marriages were not recognised because they permitted polygamy. Majority rule in 1994 resulted in the adoption of a new constitution that recognised non-Christian and ‘non-European' beliefs and practices, and some Muslims lobbied for the legal recognition of Muslim marriages. While the new… 



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