Shah Bano Case: Religious and Civil Law in India


These works all approach, from various angles, the controversial case of Shah Bano, an Indian Muslim woman divorced by her husband after many years of marriage. The controversy in this case centered on whether she was limited, as generally agreed by Muslim law, to three months of support by her husband after he divorced her or whether she was entitled, as she asserted, to claim the significantly more liberal support envisioned for divorced women by Indian civil law. This case raised important questions about the interaction between religiously-based legal systems and civil law. A number of these books (and there are others on the subject) contain the text of court rulings or reproductions of press coverage, as well as analysis and argumentation.

Akhtar, Saleem. Shah Bano Judgement in Islamic Perspective, a Socio-Legal Study. New Delhi: Kitab Bhavan, 1994.

Awn, Peter J. "Indian Islam: The Shah Bano Affair." in John Stratton Hawley, ed. Fundamentalism and Gender. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994.

Baxamusa, Ramala M. A Historic Perspective on Muslim Personal Law in India. Bombay: Research Unit on Women's Studies, Vithaldas Vidya Vihar, SNDT Women's University, 1984.

Bhatnafar, J. P. Commentary on the Muslim Women: Containing the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Divorce) Act, 1986, the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Divorce) Rules, 1986, Maintenance, Etc., Etc. Allahabad: Ashoka Law House, 1992.

Gani, H. A. Reform of Muslim Personal Law: the Shah Bano Controversy and the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Divorce) Act, 1986. New Delhi: Deep & Deep Publications, 1988.

Iqbal, Safia. Woman and Islamic Law. Delhi: Adam Publishers and Distributors; 1991.
Jai, Janak Raj. Shah Bano. New Delhi: Rajiv Publications; 1986.

Khan, Muniza Rafiq. Socio-legal status of Muslim women. New Delhi; New York: Radian Advent Books (Distributor); 1993.

Maitra, Sunil. Muslim Women's Act: Deathknell of Secularism. New Delhi: Communist Party of India (Marxist), distributed by National Book Centre; 1986.

Nasir, Jamal J. The Islamic Law of Personal Status. London and Boston: Graham & Trotman; 1990.

Sewlani, Pratap. The Muslim women: Protection of Rights on Divorce Act, 1986 with rules and full text of judgments. Jalgaon: Universal Law House; 1992.

Tanzil-ur-Rahman. Muslim Family Laws Ordinance: Islamic and social survey. Karachi: Royal Book Company;
1997.

Wani, M. A. Maintenance Rights of Muslim Women: Principles, precedents and trends. New Delhi: Genuine Publications; 1987.