Marriage and divorce practices in Islamic centers in Italy

Authors

  • Amal Yousef Omar Alqawasmi Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca

Keywords:

Marriage, divorce, Muslim, Italy, Islamic centers, divorcio, italia, centros islámicos, matrimonio, musulmanes, imam

Abstract

This paper studies Muslim marriages and divorces in Islamic centers in Italy, which are influenced by religion, and conducted outside the scope of Italian laws. The paper is basically empirical research, based on interviews with imāms in various Islamic centers, Muslim women and men who have chosen to refer to Islamic centers for their marriage or divorce, and family counselors following different cases. It investigates the motivations behind these practices by analyzing the fieldwork data, and demonstrates the related socio-legal consequences, specifically in relation to the role of Islamic centers and imāms in these marriages and divorces. The current state of religious rights for Muslims in Italy, and the lack of knowledge about the circumstances and reasons for these practices at national level are taken into consideration.

Este artículo estudia los matrimonios y divorcios musulmanes en centros islámicos de Italia, influenciados por la religión y celebrados fuera del alcance de las leyes italianas. El artículo es básicamente una investigación empírica fundamentada en entrevistas con imanes de varios centros islámicos, hombres y mujeres musulmanes que han elegido centros islámicos para casarse o divorciarse, y consejeros de familia que siguen diferentes casos. Investiga las motivaciones tras esas prácticas, analizando datos de trabajo de campo, y demuestra las consecuencias socio-jurídicas relacionadas, específicamente, con el rol de los centros islámicos y de los imanes en esos matrimonios y divorcios. Se toman en consideración el estado actual de derechos religiosos para los musulmanes de Italia y la falta de conocimiento sobre las circunstancias y razones para esas prácticas en el país.

Available from: https://doi.org/10.35295/osls.iisl/0000-0000-0000-1198

Author Biography

Amal Yousef Omar Alqawasmi, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca

PhD candidate. Law and Pluralism. School of Law, The University of Milano-Bicocca. Her first PhD is in Islamic Jurisprudence, The University of Jordan. Email address: a.alqawasmi@campus.unimib.it

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Published

01-08-2021

How to Cite

Alqawasmi, A. Y. O. (2021) “Marriage and divorce practices in Islamic centers in Italy”, Oñati Socio-Legal Series, 11(4), pp. 959–989. Available at: https://opo.iisj.net/index.php/osls/article/view/1201 (Accessed: 28 September 2021).