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Islamic Marriage Contracts: A Resource Guide for Legal Professionals, Advocates, Imams & Communities, Written by Maha Alkhateeb. Peaceful Families Project, Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence, and Battered Women’s Justice Project, 2012.

Price: Available for download

This guide was developed as a resource for legal professionals and advocates working with Muslims, and for Muslim leaders and community members. This resource is meant to provide and clarify information about Islam and gender equality in marriage and divorce, to direct readers to the best practices that safeguard women’s rights and interests, to promote wellbeing and balance for all parties, and to nurture communities.  Like the majority of Americans, there are practicing and non-practicing American Muslims  who choose to have a religious official solemnize their marriage. In the event of divorce, if  enforcement of the mahr (gif t) stipulation contained within an Islamic marriage contract is  sought, American courts must determine whether the contract is valid under state law.  The marriage contract can be enforced as long as the provision does not violate a person’s  constitutional rights or public policy, as is the case with Jewish and canon law. This resource  aims to highlight the legal issues that may arise, as well as the resources that are available to  American Muslim women and their families under the auspices of American law.


Change From Within: Diverse Perspectives on Domestic Violence in Muslim Communities, Edited by Maha B. Alkhateeb and Salma Elkadi Abugideiri. Great Falls, VA: Peaceful Families Project, 2007.

Price: $20

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To date, domestic violence in Muslim communities has received little attention. This book is one of the first edited volumes to focus on domestic violence in Muslim families. Bringing the experiences of diverse domestic violence advocates to the table, voices in this text include religious leaders, service providers, and researchers from multiple disciplines. Four survivors also share their stories, illustrating some of the challenges they faced, as well as their paths to healing. This volume illuminates unique domestic violence issues that Muslims face, and emphasizes Islam’s intolerance to abuse.


DVD – Garments for One Another: Ending Domestic Violence in Muslim Families (an educational & training program), Co-Produced By FaithTrust Institute and Peaceful Families Project, 2007.

Video Sample of DVD

Price: $95

An important resource for mosques, religious leaders, social workers, community groups and shelter staff who offer help to Muslim women currently experiencing violence in their homes. This complete package offers solutions to prevent future violence within the context of the Islamic faith. Includes interviews with survivors, religious leaders, and community advocates.


Peaceful Families : If You or Someone in Your Community Is Experiencing Abuse At Home, There Is Help.  By the Peaceful Families Project, 2006.

Price: $2 (available in quantities of 20 or more from info@

This detailed brochure includes an overview of domestic violence, Islam’s stance against abuse, and tips for victims. Friends, community members, imams, and community leaders are provided with guidelines to help identify abusive situations and offer appropriate support to victims. A resource section highlights Muslim domestic violence organizations, legal support, and national resources.