Marriage is also forbidden between a couple who have divorced each other for the third time, unless the wife has since been married to someone else.
A Muslim woman may not marry a non-Muslim man, and a marriage may be annulled on the grounds of the spouse's apostasy.
A child's guardian must bring the child up in the religion of the child's father.
A child brought up by a guardian attains independence at 10 (if male), or at marriage (if female).
The star, crescent, and the color green are all symbolic of the Islamic religion. The Berbers were the original inhabitants of the region.Its critics particularly focus on its implications for women (who have less right to divorce than men, and who receive smaller shares of inheritance) and sometimes for apostates (who are disinherited, and whose marriages may be nullified.) President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has declared that it must be revised in the spirit of universal human rights and Islamic law. Lachhab of the Islamist El Islah party declared that "We oppose these amendments which are contrary to Sharia, and thus to article 2 of the Constitution," whereas Nouria Hafsi of the pro-government RND declared "These timid amendments put forward a modern reading of the Sharia; the rights of women will finally be recognized by law. Marriage is defined as a legal contract between a man and a woman.The legal age of marriage is 21 for a man, 18 for a woman; judges may in special cases allow earlier marriage.A man may marry up to four wives; if so, he must treat them equally and inform them in advance, and they may demand a divorce.Marriage requires the consent of both parties and a gift by the groom of a dowry to the bride, as well as the presence of the bride's father or guardian (wali) and of two witnesses.
This is mostly rocky and dry, dotted with vegetation on which cattle, sheep, and goats graze.