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Child Abduction and Custody Laws in the Muslim World


The majority of Muslim countries are not signatories to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and, consequently, there are not the same mechanisms to facilitate dialogue and rapid resolution of abduction issues. This can result in longer and more complicated cases, which may cause increased harm to the child involved. In some cases children are denied the right, established in the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, to maintain contact with both parents.

Our experience shows that there is a particular need for accurate and accessible information to be provided to family law practitioners, parents and policy makers with regard to Islamic law and Muslim culture and we have therefore established an information resource covering 40 countries.

For each of the selected 40 countries we have produced an overview summarising information on topics such as the structure of the court system, paternity and legitimacy, custody, guardianship, nationality, leaving the jurisdiction, international law and child abduction. The information held on each country varies but generally includes copies of the key legal texts and other relevant reports or articles, as well as the reunite text.

To view the information we hold for individual countries, please select a country and if you would like a copy of any of the documents please contact us.

Our intention is to make all the information in our Islamic Information Resource downloadable, so please check back regularly.