Marriage Requirements in the Classic Doctrine of the Islamic Sunni Schools1


  • Juelda Lamçe Lecturer at the European University of Tirana


The plurality of legal schools within Islam, does not allow a univocal classification of the marriage requirements. Considering the fact that the two major groups that divide the Muslims are Sunnis, to which belong the majority of Muslims today (about 90%) and the Sciites, the analysis will focus on the interpretation given on the point by the major Sunni schools: the Maliki, Hanbali and Shafii school (being the others disappeared with time). In particular, the aim of this paper is to analyze the juridical debate: a) on the nature of the marriage act, whether it is to be considered a religious act or a legal one (contract); b) on the nature of the wedding gift brought by the groom to the bride on the occasion of marriage (mahr), being the later considered by part of the doctrine similar to a purchase agreement; c) on the temporary marriage (mut’à), which represents the most important point of disagreement between Sunnis and Sciites; d) on the different relevance given to specific marriage requirements, such as the presence of witnesses at a wedding, the parties' ability to conclude the marriage and the participation of the matrimonial guardian to the marriage (walì).

DOI: 10.5901/ajis.2014.v3n1p233


Download data is not yet available.






Research Articles

How to Cite

Marriage Requirements in the Classic Doctrine of the Islamic Sunni Schools1. (2014). Academic Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 3(1), 233.