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The Institution of Marriage in Islam and Modern Society | 10th Contemporary Fiqhī Workshop

The 10th Annual Contemporary Fiqhī Issues Workshop at Al-Mahdi Institute aims to facilitate scholarship directly addressing questions relating to ‘The Institution of Marriage in Islam and Modern Society‘. The workshop will be held over two days on 21st – 22nd July 2022 at Al-Mahdi Institute.

The importance of the institution of marriage is significantly stressed within Islamic scripture. For instance, the Quran generally lays out that marriage causes a person’s heart to become tranquil and content, whilst hadith literature emphasises that marriage completes a person’s religion (dīn). Specific details and nuances of Sharia regulations that surround the Islamic institution of marriage (or even temporary marriage) are found across different chapters of the traditional fiqhī discourse, in particular the fiqhī chapter of marriage (kitāb al-nikāḥ).

However, the question that arises is whether these regulations are conducive and have efficacy for modern society. It is often found that modern Muslims are compounded with a host of pre-matrimonial and post-matrimonial challenges. For instance, pre-matrimonial issues range from matters related to caste, race, and familial lineage of potential spouses, to the present-day function and role of the marriage contract (ʿaqd al-nikāḥ) and conditions such as age and dowry that are associated with it. Whereas post-matrimonial issues range from matters related to financial and housekeeping responsibilities to questions related to consent, marital rape, polygamy, and divorce.

The inclusive model of the workshop is pleased to host presenters from diverse traditional seminary and academic backgrounds, alongside relevant practitioners, from a range of disciplines. As has become an effective format in our previous annual workshops, fiqhī debate will be positioned alongside contributions from broader theological, historical, and anthropological approaches – thereby enriching a multidisciplinary understanding of the institution of marriage in Islam and modern society.

How to attend

Booking can be made via Eventbrite. The cost of attending one day is £30 and £45 for both days. The price of the ticket includes lunch and dinner on the days you attend the conference.

Conference Itinerary

The itinerary for both days can be downloaded here.