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Divorce in Transnational Families

Marriage, Migration and Family Law


  • Uniquely addresses the interaction of multiple family law systems from the perspective of the everyday life of transnational families

  • Presents a range of international examples from the Netherlands, Morocco and Egypt

  • Provides a crossover between family sociology, migrant transnationalism and socio-legal studies


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Iris Sportel
    Pages 1-32
  3. Iris Sportel
    Pages 33-52
  4. Iris Sportel
    Pages 53-88
  5. Iris Sportel
    Pages 89-124
  6. Iris Sportel
    Pages 125-150
  7. Iris Sportel
    Pages 179-209
  8. Iris Sportel
    Pages 239-260
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 261-270

About this book


This book uniquely focuses on the role of family law in transnational marriages. The author demonstrates how family law is of critical importance in understanding transnational family life. Based on extensive field research in Morocco, Egypt and the Netherlands, the book examines how, during marriage and divorce, transnational families deal with the interactions of two different legal systems. Sportel studies the interactions of European and Islamic family law, addressing its interconnections with migration and everyday life, within the context of highly politicised debates on gender, Islam, migration and the family.

The book will be of interest to scholars and students of family sociology, migration and diaspora studies, transnational families, family law, and sociology of law.



Egypt Netherlands Morocco Islam Islamic family law family sociology Middle East child care

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Lichtenberg-Kolleg / Historic ObservatoryUniversity of GöttingenGöttingenGermany

About the authors

Iris Sportel is Fellow at Lichtenberg Kolleg, Institute for Advanced Studies, Georg-August University of Göttingen, Germany. 

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