Originally published in 1968, we were witnessing a new – and welcome – emphasis on Comparative Law, both in the Universities and even the practising profession, together with a quickened interest in the law of family relations. This volume provided a wealth of information for anyone wishing to study these relations in a widely comparative context.
The chapters cover not only the basic law of marriage and divorce in a number of developing countries both in Asia and Africa, but also discuss in considerable detail the ways in which matrimonial property is regulated under different systems. This was a highly topical subject at the time, when our own law of matrimonial property was under criticism and active reconsideration. The book also treats such subjects as the eclipse of the patriarchal family in contemporary Islamic law, religious law and the modern family in Israel, the juristic basis and context of Parsi family law, and contemporary family law in Southern Africa.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Professor J. N. D. Anderson. Part 1: Marriage, Divorce and Matrimonial Causes 1. The Changing Nature of African Marriage Eugene Cotran 2. Marriage Law in Uganda: Sixty Years of Attempted Reform H. F. Morris 3. Chinese Family Law in Singapore: The Rout of Custom Maurice Freedman 4. Some Aspects of Marriage and Divorce in Communist China Henry Mcaleavy 5. The Theory of Matrimonial Causes According to the Dharmaśãstra Ludo Rocher Part 2: Family Property and Succession 6. Family Property in West Africa: Its Juristic Basis, Control and Enjoyment A. N. Allott 7. The Matrimonial Régimes of South Africa H. R. Hahlo 8. Family Arrangements in Developing Countries J. D. M. Derrett 9. The Muslims in Malaysia and Singapore: The Law of Matrimonial Property Inche Ahmad Ibrahim 10. Community of Property in the Marriage Law of Burma Alan Gledhill Part 3: General 11. The Eclipse of the Patriarchal Family in Contemporary Islamic Law J. N. D. Anderson 12. Religious Law and the Modern Family in Israel Z. W. Falk 13. Customary Family Law in Southern Africa: Its Place and Scope Neville Rubin 14. The Personal Law of the Parsis of India Phiroze K. Irani.
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