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Faculty of Law Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Legal Studies

London, 01 August 2018

English law applies to Islamic marriage, judge rules in divorce case

A high court judge has decided that a couple’s Islamic marriage falls within the scope of English matrimonial law. Nasreen Akhter wanted to divorce Mohammed Shabaz Khan, her husband of 20 years, but he blocked it, arguing that the couple were not married under English law.

In a written ruling, Mr Justice Williams concluded that the marriage fell within the scope of the 1973 Matrimonial Causes Act. He said the marriage was void under section 11 of the act.

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