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Family Law in Lebanon By Lubna Tarabey

Family Law in Lebanon by Lubna Tarabey

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Much of the life and ritual of the Druze in Lebanon appears mysterious to outsiders, as this esoteric sect remains closed to non-members. In this book, the author explores how the substantial social and political changes that have shaken the country have affected marriage and divorce practices.

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Family Law in Lebanon: Marriage and Divorce among the Druze by Lubna Tarabey

Much of the life and ritual of the Druze in Lebanon appears mysterious to outsiders, as this esoteric sect remains closed to non-members. Lubna Tarabey, herself a member of this community, is ideally placed to offer insight into the family life, tradition and religious practices of the Druze. She looks back to the 1970s, and the start of a civil war that shattered Lebanon along confessional lines, to explore how the substantial social and political changes that have shaken the country have affected marriage and divorce practices. Family Law in Lebanon highlights the social ramficiations of this civil war, as Lebanese society divided according to sectarian affiliations, strengthening this facet of identity to the detriment of a wider 'Lebanese' identification. It was through this process that the internal cohesion and solidarity of a group such as the Druze became even more important. Thus, for generations, the Druze way of life was characterized by a high degree of 'traditional' practices and customs. Examining the development of attitudes towards marriage and divorce uncovers the extent to which these traditions are being developed, negotiated and even cast aside. Through analysis of court records, Tarabey explores established and emerging patterns of marriage choices and grounds for divorce. She thus focuses on two interconnected trajectories: one that considers the changes in these overall family patterns and another that places these changes within the legal context in which they occur, focussing on the interplay between the social and the legal. It is through this that she highlights a complex web of change and continuity, of traditional values competing with enhanced individualism and personal freedoms.

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'Lubna Tarabey's work represents a unique contribution to socio-legal studies of family law in the Arab world. This is because of both the wealth of documentation she has brought together and the challenge this represents to obstacles placed before publication and debate concerning Druze family law in Lebanon itself. Unlike studies based merely on ethnographic work, Tarabey's book provides an ethnography of legal practice and legal record both inside and outside the court establishment. It is thus without parallel.' (Martha Mundey, Professor of Anthropology LSE and co-author of Governing Property, Making the Modern State: Law, Administration and Production in Ottoman Syria (I.B. Tauris)] 'The most efficient method to gain knowledge about ethnic groups in the Arab world is through academic research that targets these groups specifically. Information revealed through such research is accurate and objective, especially so when the researcher belongs to this ethnic group since this permits for an in-depth analysis of the group's social experience. That is exactly what Lubna Tarabey has accomplished. She is able, adopting participant observation and documentary analysis, to delve deep into the behavioural patterns of a group that is characterized by structural stability, although often metamorphosed in change. Tarabey's research will attract the attention of university professors and students who are passionate about learning about all human cultures.' Frederic Maatouk, Professor of Sociology and Dean of the Faculty of Sociology at the Lebanese University

About Lubna Tarabey

Lubna Tarabey is Lecturer in Sociology at the American University of Beirut and an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Lebanese University. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the Lebanese University.

Table of Contents

List of tables and figures Acknowledgments Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: The Druze Chapter 3: Marriage Among the Druze Chapter 4: Divorce among the Druze Chapter 5: Marriage and Divorce: A Comparative Approach Chapter 6: The Druze: Peripheral Change Appendix A: Personal Status Laws of the Druze Sect in Lebanon Appendix B: Sample of Marriage Contract Appendix C: Role of Adjudicator Appendix D: Divorce Case of man marrying non-Druze Appendix E: Divorce Case involving a Social Worker Appointed by Court to Help Spouses Appendix F: Divorce Case Brought Before the Court by Husband Appendix G: Marriage Ceremonies among the Ajaweed Appendix H: Description of the Court Appendix I: Other Causes of Divorce Mentioned in Court Records Glossary Notes Bibliography Index

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GOR011535417
9781780765624
1780765622
Family Law in Lebanon: Marriage and Divorce among the Druze by Lubna Tarabey
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Hardback
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
20130925
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