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The following list identifies personal status laws and related materials in a number of Arab countries, including Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Qatar, Syria, and Tunisia, as well as the personal status law applicable in those territories that are governed by the Palestinian Authority.  Many of these laws are primarily based on Islamic law. 

Note that this list does not include family laws addressing the marital relationships of members of religious and ethic minorities in the countries surveyed.  All sources are in Arabic unless otherwise noted.

Algeria

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Egypt

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Iraq

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Jordan

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Kuwait

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Lebanon

There is no unified family law in Lebanon but rather multiple laws on the subject.  Each religious sect has its own family laws and courts.  The following unofficial sources provide an overview of all family laws in Lebanon:

  • Maher Mhamassani & Ibtisssam Messarra, Statut Personnel (Faculte’ de Droit et Sciences Economiques, Beyrouth, Lebanon, 1970) (in French).
  • Youssef Nahra, Personal Status Law (1st ed. 1986) (in English).

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Palestinian Authority

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Morocco

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Qatar

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Syria

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Tunisia

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George Sadek
Senior Legal Information Analyst
May 2013

 

 

Last Updated: 02/28/2014