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Author Session: Muslim Family Law in Singapore

Author Session: Muslim Family Law in Singapore

About the Session

Muslim Family Law in Singapore is the first dedicated textbook on the applicability and practice of Muslim family law in Singapore. It is an essential resource for students and practitioners looking to understand and appreciate the practice, development and underlying legal principles of Muslim family law as it is applied in Singapore. This book is an up to date practitioner’s handbook which combines a careful survey of topics, comprehensive analyses of reported cases and developments in the field, and insights and critical commentary of various issues.

This book has been designed to guide the reader towards a better understanding of Muslim law as a unique feature in Singapore – it takes a practical approach by offering useful instruction and by providing an effective framework for understanding Muslim family law in Singapore, for both students and practitioners, whether they are new to the field or looking to deepen their expertise.Join us in a session with the book’s three authors, Ahmad Nizam Abbas, Istyana Putri Ibrahim, and Maryam Hasanah Rozlan.


Date: 22 October 2023, Sunday
Time: 2.30 pm Singapore
Venue: Reading Loft (Level 2, stairs only) Wardah Books, 58 Bussorah Street S(199474)

No registration required

Purchase book here: Link

About the Authors

Maryam Hasanah Rozlan is currently Legal Counsel with the Kaplan International legal team, managing legal, compliance and privacy matters in Singapore and other Asian jurisdictions, including Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand etc. She was previously a legal service officer at the Ministry of Law Singapore. She spent 4 years at the Legal Aid Bureau (LAB), where she handled a variety of civil, family and Muslim law matters. There, she co-founded and led the Syariah Court Practice Group, training and mentoring officers on Muslim law and Syariah Court matters. LAB is also where she met Istyana and work on the book began. Maryam is a dual-qualified solicitor (Singapore and England & Wales) and an associate mediator of the Singapore Mediation Centre. [Maryam spends her evenings and weekends doing muay thai and mentoring young ladies with Beautiful People.]

Istyana Putri Ibrahim is a Deputy Director with the Legal Aid Bureau. Before joining the Bureau, she was a partner in a private firm, practising commercial and criminal litigation. Since getting called to the Bar, Istyana has been lead counsel and/or mentored junior lawyers in a wide range of complex civil, family and Syariah divorce cases. Istyana has had experience in several landmark cases that have shaped Singapore’s legal landscape. (Istyana is also a mother to two young children and a football weekend warrior!)

Ahmad Nizam Abbas is the Managing Director of Crescent Law Chambers LLC. Over the last 30 years, he has contributed extensively to the development of Muslim law in Singapore through his court cases, advocacy work and teaching.
In 1998, he was part of the Law Society’s team that participated in the Parliamentary Select Committee’s hearing on the landmark amendments to the Administration of Muslim Law Act. He was Chairperson of the Law Society’s Muslim Law Practice Committee for more than a decade.

He has collaborated with the National University of Singapore and Singapore Management University to speak on Muslim Law. In 2020, he co-created the first ever module on Muslim Family Law in Singapore for the LLB program at the Singapore University of Social Services and in 2023, he was invited to teach this module at the Singapore Institute of Legal Education, which is the compulsory course for all law graduates who intend to be admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of Singapore.

He sits on the Panel of Advisers of the Youth Court and serves on the Tribunal of Maintenance of Parents. He has served on the boards of various community and national organisations, including Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (Islamic Religious Council of Singapore), Mendaki, Central Singapore CDC and Public Guardian Advisory Committee.

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