Personal Status of Copts: Crisis Made by State and Church

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy

Author(s): Ishak Ibrahim

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Recently in a rare ruling, an Egyptian court, in a case brought by a Christian woman demanding the equal distribution of inheritance between herself and her male siblings, ruled that Christians should be subjected to their own inheritance norms instead of Islamic Law.

This ruling has revived the debate on the need for a new personal status law for Christians. Many voices from inside and outside the church have demanded changing the current law, because it has created thousands of Christian families that have waited many years to obtain licenses for divorces and a new marriages. In addition to added stress for families, these difficulties can lead to or prolong issues including spousal abuse and other potential crimes between married couples.

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