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The situation in Somalia continues to be unstable and the government and legal system are not fully functioning in all parts of the country.  The information in this chapter refers to the situation in place before 1991.  Prior to this date family law in Somalia was governed by Law 23 of 1975, however reports from Somalia state that since the civil war started in 1991 the only law that is being applied is Sharia law.
Somalia has a Muslim majority and a Christian minority.  The main school of Islamic jurisprudence is the Shafi School.  Article 5 of the revised Constitution of 2001 reads that Islam is the religion of the nation, and the promotion of any religion in the territory of Somaliland, other than Islam, is prohibited. The laws of Somalia shall be based on the Sharia and any laws contrary to the Sharia shall not be valid.

Available Information

reunite´s Summary Text for Somalia