Challenges to State Feminism in Conflict-Afflicted Syria and Libya

  • Jessica Carlisle
Part of the Gender and Politics book series (GAP)


In the aftermath of the Arab Spring, several proto-states have been established by military factions opposed to the Syrian and Libyan governments. Each of these proto-states has been determined to erase the legacy of divorce (and wider Muslim family) law left by the former authoritarian or semi-authoritarian regimes. This chapter focuses on the diversity of divorce provision in territory controlled by the Free Syrian Army (in Aleppo, Syria); jihadi groups such as Islamic State, Jabhat al-Nusra (in Syria), and Ansar al-Sharia (in Libya); and the Kurdish Democratic Union Party. Echoing the process of post-colonial state-building these proto-states have prioritised setting out the relationship between Islam, the family, and the courts as an indication of the direction of their future state.


Proto-states Jihadism Kurdistan United Arab Code Free Syrian Army Uncodified Islamic law 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jessica Carlisle
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  1. 1.Centre for Science, Knowledge and Belief in SocietyNewman UniversityBirminghamUK

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