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Case studies are provided as a brief overview of how different courts in the U.S. have decided on matters relating to Islamic Law.   Each case was selected for the presence of Islamic Law issues or related issues dealing with religious law or documents.  The summaries provided are for informational purposed only.  They do not reflect the opinions of attorneys, and are not intended as legal advice.

These cases are a growing collection, and we appreciate suggestions for additional cases.  If you know of a case that you would like to see added, please contact us. The case does not need to be limited to the existing topics.

Shikoh v. Murff

The court held invalid a divorce obtained in an Islamic ceremony in New York.

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Sherif v. Sherif

The Court, in favor of the Husband, recognized a divorce obtained in Egypt that was in accordance with Egyptian law. Both Husband and Wife were Egyptian citizens.

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Maklad v. Maklad

The Court, in favor of the Wife, refused to grant comity to a foreign divorce obtained by the Husband in a hearing without proper due process to the Wife.

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Kapigian v. Der Minassian

The Court recognized a divorce granted in a foreign country where both the husband and his first wife were domiciled.

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Chaudry v. Chaudry

The Court, in favor of the Husband, recognized a talaq validated by a Pakistani court and denied spousal support to the Wife.

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