This study focused on seven areas of marriage and family law and seeks an understanding of the practice of polygamy among Muslims in Peninsular Malaysia.
In collaboration with key universities in Malaysia: Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), University Malaya (UM) and University Science Malaysia (USM), this multi-disciplinary study involves fourteen other Malaysia-based co-researchers whilst also linking with key international Islamic women movements
It has focused on seven areas of marriage and family law and seeks an understanding of the practice of polygamy among Muslims in Peninsular Malaysia, which is legally provided for under the State Islamic Family Law Enactments. This understanding is with a view to: advocate for reform of Islamic family laws and the administration of justice in relation to polygamy; conduct a public awareness campaign; and provide input into policy formulation on government programs and activities related to ‘keluarga bahagia’ (family wellbeing) and ‘kursus perkahwinan’ (marriage courses). The research also seeks to influence public policy on Malaysian marriage and family law and Islamic Shariah law.
Since 2009, Yaso Nadarajah, as Senior Research Associate with the Sisters-in-Islam Forum (NGO), Malaysia, and the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS), has continued to be actively engaged as one of the lead researchers in a nationwide study on the impact of polygamy on Muslim family life.
Initial findings of this national study were presented from 2010 to 2012 in public forums and are currently being compiled as an edited book. A book review workshop with Islamic scholars across the world will be held in January 2013. Yaso Nadarajah joins Norani Othman as co-editor of this edition.
Chief investigator: Yaso Nadarajah with Professor Norani Othman and Sisters-in-Islam Forum NGO, University Malaya, University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and University Science, Malaysia (USM)