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Cohabitation and Religious MarriageStatus, Similarities and Solutions$
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Rajnaara Akhtar, Patrick Nash, and Rebecca Probert

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529210835

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529210835.001.0001

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Nikah Ceremonies in the UK: a Tool for Empowerment?

Nikah Ceremonies in the UK: a Tool for Empowerment?

(p.103) Eight Nikah Ceremonies in the UK: a Tool for Empowerment?
Cohabitation and Religious Marriage

Zainab Naqvi

Policy Press

This chapter engages with the issue of polygyny and religious-only marriages. It focusses on women who voluntarily opt for non-legally recognised marriages and proposes solutions which respect women’s autonomy in relationship decision making, while offering legal protections to those who are vulnerable. It proposes legal recognition of religious ceremonies of marriage with a mutual ‘opt-out’ provision allowing couples to choose to place themselves outside of family law provisions.

Keywords:   Nikah, Polygyny, Autonomy

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