This study titled “Muslim Family Law in Southern Thailand: A Historical Overview” aims to describe the development of Islamic law through the different periods of governments in southern Thailand.
Muslims have long a history of practicing Islamic law where Muslim communities are the minority. In Thailand, past governments have positively included Islamic law as a legitimate source of personal law for Muslims in the southern regions. Consequently, Muslims are governed by two different sets of laws in Thailand, one is Islamic law and the other is the secular law. However, only Islamic law is applicable for Muslims especially in settling their matrimonial disputes and inheritance. Islamic family law has a long history and has been preserved for the betterment and benefits of Muslim citizens especially in the four Muslim provinces of Thailand. This study aims to describe the development of Islamic law through the different periods of governments in southern Thailand. The development of Islamic family law and the application of Islamic law along with its judicial aspects under the administration of Thailand will also be discusssed.
Title: Muslim Family Law in Southern Thailand: A Historical Overview
Authors: Mahamatayuding Samah, Mahamatayuding Samah and Raihanah Abdullah
Published in: Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Volume 37, 2017 – Issue 3
Length: 13 pages