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It seems that even according to today's standards, most of Muslim legal traditions are either consistent with or contribute to rights of the child. While the main reservations of Muslim states are on Articles 14, 20, and 21 of the Convention, implementation of these articles by Muslim states has not been a subject of special concern for the Committee. Some Muslim states are making progress withdrawing from problematic Muslim legal traditions. The main concern of Muslim states with regard to the issue of freedom of children to choose or change their religion is a family law matter. According to Muslim legal traditions, changing religion entails changing applicable religious family law, especially on inheritance and marriage, for the converted person.

Keywords: family law; marriage; Muslim legal traditions; Muslim states; rights of the child



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