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Alternative Dispute Resolution in a Diasporic Muslim Community in Britain

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This chapter highlights the preliminary findings of a study still in progress which addresses the questions: in what ways do Muslims in the United Kingdom resolve their family disputes, and more specifically, what are the reasons for, and nature and significance of, a continuing preference on their part for reliance on the informal, primary decision-making processes in such disputes. The chapter outlines the various fora and the interactions that take place within them, explaining their choice, as well as the implications of the study on inter alia, ADR practice in the UK, ADR research direction, policy planning and legal education in Britain. The areas in which a Muslim family normally faces difficulties in living in Britain include marriage, iddat, mahr (the contractual sum due to a woman in the event of a divorce), custody of children, mixed marriages, plural marriages, change of faith and inheritance.

Keywords: ADR practice; Britain; inter alia; Islam; marriage; Muslim community



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