Understanding Trends in American Muslim Divorce and Marriage

By: Julie Macfarlane

The primary objective of the study was to document, using a qualitative, interview-based approach, how North American Muslim communities manage divorce. Specifically, the study explores Islamic approaches to marriage, reconciliation, and divorce and the meaning and significance they retain for Muslims in North America. Men and women who had experienced religious divorce were solicited to join the study. Also part of the respondent group were imams and scholars who play a role in reconciliation and, in some cases, divorce, as well as other professionals working with families (social workers, therapists, lawyers). Interviews were conducted with a total of 212 individuals between 2006 and 2010. Originally published by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding at http://ispu.org/GetReports/35/2399/Publications.aspx

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