I S T I L H . A - Q A N D I T S R O L E I N I S L A M I C L A W Dr M. S. Sujimon* I N T R O D U C T I O N This article seeks to examine the institution of istilh . a - q and its role in Islamic law by looking briefly at its background, the definition of istilh . a - q according to the Muslim jurists and its differences with other terms used in Islamic family law, like ilh . a - q , iqra - r , iqra - r bi’l-nasab , di`wa . Further, this article analyses how to validate istilh . a - q and rules governing istilh . a - q . Finally, istilh . a - q as regard the child of zina - will also be discussed, irrespective of whether the mustalh . iq is male or female. B A C K G R O U N D Disputes concerning rights of paternity have been common in Arabia since pre- Islamic times. Slave girls would practise prostitution and share their profits with
Arab Law Quarterly – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2003
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