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Title: Foreign to palestinian society? 'Urfi marriage, moral dangers, and the colonial present
Authors: Johnson, Penny 
Moors, Annelies 
Keywords: ʿurfī marriage – Palestine;Customary marriage (Islamic law) - Palestine;Secret marriages – Palestine;Colonial geographies;West Bank - History - Israeli occupation, 1967- - Social aspects;West Bank - History - Israeli occupation, 1967- - Economic aspects
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Hawwa
Abstract: In 2005, religious authorities in Palestine warned publicly of a new phenomenon, one that was ‘foreign to Palestinian society’: ʿurfī marriages. They used this term to refer to ‘secret marriages,’ which they considered as linked to social breakdown, the result of the Israeli occupation. In the tales (similar to rumors) of young men and women throughout the West Bank and Gaza in the early 2010s, these marriages were often related to the colonial geographies of anxiety, of social and political fragmentation, and of the spatial segregation that Israel has imposed on Palestinians. Related concerns were expressed by the men of religion as they attempted to maintain their authority in highly uncertain times and in contested spaces. Still, in the very small number of concrete cases shariʿa judges continued to use the flexibility of Islamic jurisprudence to legally recognize ʿurfī marriages to work towards the most equitable solution in problematic situations.
DOI: 10.1163/15692086-12341390
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