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Islamic marriage and divorce in Scotland; will the English decision of Akhter v Khan change the position?

Date:24 OCT 2018
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Senior Solicitor
It is estimated that more than 75,000 people living in Scotland are Muslim. Many within the Muslim community in Scotland chose to marry by way of a religious ceremony of “Nikah” under Sharia law. However, a Nikah does not, in itself, satisfy the legal requirements in Scotland in order for the ceremony to be recognised as a marriage. The issue has not gone unnoticed and there has been increasing pressure from various individuals for a change in the law to ensure that when Muslims engage in a religious marriage, they also engage in a marriage that is legally recognized, Brodies' GARRY STURROCK writes.

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