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Year: 2014 Type: Book Chapter Language: English

Mulki Al-Sharmani critically examines the institutional narrative of marriage constructed and sustained by substantive family laws, juxtaposed against the lived experience of marriage for many women in Egypt. Based on the doctrines of classical schools of Islamic jurisprudence, Egypt’s family laws uphold a contractual model of marriage in which a husband acquires the right to a wife’s physical and sexual availability in the conjugal home in return for the obligation to provide for her and their children.

Despite much-acclaimed legal reforms, the received model of marriage remains unchanged in the family laws. Al-Sharmani shows how the tensions and contradictions inherent in this institutional narrative of marriage are experienced in the lives of women. 

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