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The Yemeni legal system is based primarily on Islamic law, but has also been influenced by Turkish, customary and English law.  Article 1 of the Constitution states that Yemen is an Arab Islamic State and Article 2 reads that Islam is the State religion.  Article 3 confirms that Islamic Sharia is a source of legislation. Yemeni family law is governed by the Yemeni Law of Personal Status (YLPS), which was promulgated in 1992.
The majority of the population of Yemen are Muslims following the Shaafi or Zayidi school of law.  There are minorities of Christians, Hindus and Jews in Yemen.

Available Information

reunite´s Summary Text for Yemen 
Legal Texts

•    Constitution 1994

•    Law No. 6 of 1990 Concerning Yemeni Nationality


•    Summary of Judicial Structures, Nathan J. Brown