The Muslim Matrimonial Court in Singapore.

Djamour, Judith.

Book ID: 214


8vo. [4], 189 pp., half-title, title, original orange cloth, lightly faded, tables, biblio, index, copy in very good condition, London School of Economics monographs on Social Anthropology no. 31, University of London, The Athlone Press, London, first edition, 1966.


This book is an anthropologists field study of the new court set up in Singapore to deal with matrimonial suits (chiefly divorce) among Muslims. The study is based on careful observation of the court in action, and analyses in detail the relationship between the reformist aims of the new law and the values and expectations of litigants. The book takes its departure from the argument developed in Dr. Djamour’s earlier work, Malay Kinship and Marriage in Singapore (Athlone Press, 1959; paperback edition 1965), and discusses the effect of recent attempts to promote the stability of Muslim marriage.

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