Personal Status law in the Arab States. Process of Codification
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The term “personal status law” (aḥwāl šaḫṣiyya) was unknown to the classical Islamic jurist and non-existent in all classical text of Islamic jurisprudence. Some scholars classified a part of what is now known as personal status law under mu‘āmalāt and evident of this is the eminent Hanafi jurist Ibn ‘Ābidīn’s classification of matters related to marriage in mu‘āmalāt.