After accounting for personal bequests, the Quran explicitly mentions certain close family members who inherit a fixed share of the estate. Under no circumstances can these individuals be denied their fixed share, and these amounts are calculated directly after the first two steps are taken obligations and bequests. Also, a person who is found guilty of homicide either intentional or unintentional will not inherit from the deceased. This is meant to discourage people from committing crimes in order to benefit financially.
The share that each person inherits depends on a formula which is described in Chapter 4 of the Quran. It depends on the degree of relation, and the number of other fixed heirs. It can become quite complicated. This document describes the division of assets as it is practiced among South African Muslims. For help with specific circumstances, it is wise to consult with an attorney who specializes in this aspect of Muslim family law in your particular country. There are also online calculators see below that attempt to simplify the calculations.
Once the calculations are done for the fixed heirs, the estate may have a remaining balance. These may include aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews, or other distant relatives if no other living close relatives remain. She is an author who stands alone in historical fiction because of her sense not only of scene and setting, but of characterization, plot, and authentic descriptions of costuming.
If you're looking for a novel that will bring you a few hours of authenticity, escape and mystery, this is the one. Ms Swift knows how to engage a reader. You'll find yourself swept up in the love story, the romance and the beauty of London and Spain View 1 comment.
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Ok so I was somewhere, I had one book with me, since I could not possibly even finish one. But yes I did read almost half of it. I was never that into it, but I read on, what else to do But here came the problem when I came home, I did not read then, I did not read the next day, and at the evening the next day I finally picked it up again. But it was just so I started reading some, skimming some, just wanting it to end.
I had already invested time in half of it, I had spent 3 go Ok so I was somewhere, I had one book with me, since I could not possibly even finish one. I had already invested time in half of it, I had spent 3 good reading days and was pissed at the book. Zach was somewhat of an ahole. Elspeth was boring.
Then they were in Spain, meh, a lot happened. Crappy ending.
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I always have trouble with her books. They just are not for me Meh, I will give it an ok. Feb 24, Terry Tyler rated it it was amazing. What a story! A masterpiece indeed. A Divided Inheritance starts off in London, where Elspet Leviston finds herself usurped in her father's eyes by the appearance, out of nowhere, of her cousin, Zachary Deane.
The story travels to Spain in the time when Muslims were being persecuted and driven out of their country, not a period of history I knew anything about, though this didn't matter as I soon picked up exactly what was going on; however, there's a brief history at the back of the book that yo What a story! The story travels to Spain in the time when Muslims were being persecuted and driven out of their country, not a period of history I knew anything about, though this didn't matter as I soon picked up exactly what was going on; however, there's a brief history at the back of the book that you might like to read first.
There were so many elements about this story that I loved, not least of all Deborah Swift's clearly intricate research and wonderful storytelling capability. It's got the lot: the bleakness of life for a young woman in the slightly impoverished middle classes, the marriage forced on her for business expansion, followed by Elspet's personal growth when she is thrown outside her secure, limited existence, tested in ways that make her alter her entire outlook on life.
The story takes the reader from the dark alleys of London to the bright colour of 17th century Seville, and I loved the multi-faceted Zachary, in many ways the villain of the tale but so beautifully painted that I rooted for him throughout. With lost love, double dealing, desperate flight in terrible circumstances and the horror of religious persecution, this is terrific, unusual novel that I think puts Deborah Swift right up there with the best and well known historical fiction writers. Highly, highly recommended.
Sep 23, Holly Weiss rated it really liked it Shelves: releases , historical-fiction , to-review. In a superb integration of historical fact and plot, Deborah Swift masterfully interweaves family loyalty, religious intolerance, and adventure. We travel from lace making in rainy seventeenth century London where Catholicism is forbidden to Catholic-dominated Spain and fencing under the blistering sun. Two very different main characters take us on their separate journeys.
Troubled when mysterious cousin Zachary appears, she relaxes when her father sends him to Spain to participate in the Grand Tour in Seville. As disparate as the characters are, the book coalesces into an adventure you will not want to miss. For this novel, Swift steps away from her beloved England.
Her insight into the Inquisition and Spain are commendable. She nimbly achieves a cross-cultural perspective as the book moves through unexpected corridors to examine the tenacity of family loyalty. Highly recommended. Reviewed by Holly Weiss, author of Crestmont Nov 12, Shannon rated it it was ok. This book was another disappointment. It wasn't awful, but it wasn't that great either.
I had three main issues. Parts of the story and plot seemed disparate, like they really should have been in separate novels. The main characters were unsympathetic and uninteresting. Lastly, the pacing was uneven. The story starts in Jacobean England where Elspet and her father, Nathaniel, run a lace making business. Their peaceful existence is stirred up by the appearance of Zachary Deane, Nathaniel's ba Well. Their peaceful existence is stirred up by the appearance of Zachary Deane, Nathaniel's bastard son.
Zachary is proclaimed heir to the lace business, but because of his wild trouble-making behavior is sent out on a world tour. While Zachary is on tour, Nathaniel dies. Elspet then travels to Spain to find Zachary and fight for some control of her own over the family business. My issue was that the two elements seemed to be arbitrarily smashed together.
I felt the novel should have just focused on the Spanish fencing school and the Morisco persecution which were both quite interesting. And then perhaps the lace business which sadly wasn't discussed much and the drama surrounding its inheritance could have been further developed into its own novel. As it is, I have a hard time caring for Zachary or Elspet. Zachary is a rogue, and not the fun witty kind. He is dishonest and grasping and generally unpleasant view spoiler [he does get redeemed slightly during the end though hide spoiler ].
I wished him ill for most of the story.
Elspet is more sympathetic, simply because many of her troubles stem from simply being female in olden times. Both are a bit boring really. As far as I'm concerned the passionate Morisco, Luisa, and the enigmatic master of the school, Alvarez, needed to be the protagonists. The pacing also seemed to a bit off. I just kept reading, reading, reading and little happened.
Zachary continues his quest to become a master swordsman and overcome his Napoleon complex. Elspet follows Zachary around and tries to convince him to give her back charge of the family business. Rinse, repeat. And then at the end, the action picks up to an almost absurd degree considering the book's previous pace view spoiler [the Moriscos are expelled from Spain with much violence hide spoiler ].
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If you are a big historical fiction buff and don't mind a less than compelling read as long as it covers a little explored historical topic, then this might be the book for you. Received a copy from Goodreads First Reads. Oct 24, Jo Barton rated it it was amazing. A Divided Inheritance is set initially in Jacobean England when distrust of family, neighbour and friend had reached its zenith.
Religious persecution was rife throughout Europe and in England hidey holes for Catholic priests could be found in the most illicit of places. However, Zachary has disappeared into Spain, and Elspet has only a limited amount of time to track him down, before she risks losing everything she and her father worked so hard to attain. The Jacobean world is revealed as a scheming hotchpotch of family rivalry and religious persecution which takes the reader from the stark and drear world of Jacobean London, through to the sweltering heat and colour of Catholic Spain, when the inquisition lingered on corners and the dreadful expulsion of Muslims forced families apart in the most horrendous of circumstances.
Initially, the book appears to get off to a slow start with little seeming to happen, but then about a third of the way into the story, and particularly when the focus shifts to Spain, the narration becomes livelier. The strength of the story telling and the vivid imagery of seventeenth century Seville is quite compelling.
The day to day life in Spain made for fascinating reading; I especially liked the revealing of intricate details of swordsmanship at the fencing school. European history and particularly Spanish history is not an area I am familiar with, so to have a story which seeks to shed light on some of the more disturbing events that happened in seventeenth century Spain whilst at the time keeping control of an intricate and complex family drama, made this an enjoyable and fascinating read.
I am sure that fans of well written and factually accurate historical fiction will love it as much as I did.
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Nov 13, Book of Secrets rated it really liked it. This book paints a vivid picture of the beauty and turbulence of 17th century Spain. The story begins in London with Elspet Leviston working with her father in his lace business, fully believing she will inherit it someday. Suddenly a man named Zachary Deane appears at their door, and Mr. Leviston introduces him as her cousin.
Before she can find out, Mr. Luckily she was strong and determined, and willing to fight for what was hers. A big part of this book focused on the horrific treatment of the Moors by the Spanish king.
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While Catholics in England were being oppressed, Muslims were the victims of religious persecution in Spain. For me, this was an eye-opening read. Rating: 3. View 2 comments. Oct 22, The Lit Bitch rated it really liked it. Swift has consistently impressed me with her writing abilities. She wrote knowledgeably about the period and the different plot angles in that novel and with this new novel, it met my expectations in every way. Swift continued to demonstrate her knowledge of the period and showed her specialized research particularly with the lace business and the religious controversies of b Swift has consistently impressed me with her writing abilities.
Swift continued to demonstrate her knowledge of the period and showed her specialized research particularly with the lace business and the religious controversies of both England and Spain. I loved how Swift moved the setting to Spain for part of the novel. This book had a lot of action sequences in it too. The only issue I had with the novel was the beginning and set up to the story were a little slow going.
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It took me a few chapters to get into the novel which was more that I was expecting. I would have liked to have had a little less back story and a little more action to begin but overall it was a great read and a real treat for historic fiction lovers! See my full review here Nov 17, Kendal rated it really liked it Shelves: hf-challenge I love historical fiction and A Divided Inheritance is one of the reasons why.
It is so rich in detail, drama and vivid imagery. I felt like I was traveling through Europe. Deborah Swift ably explores family, loyalty and duty in 17th century England; at a time, where Catholicism was forbidden in one country and violently enforced in another. Elspet is our heroine in this novel. She is strong; but innocence. She has been given a difficult situation and very valiantly finds her path. She has to con I love historical fiction and A Divided Inheritance is one of the reasons why. However, she is strong and prevails. Zachary is on a journey of self-discovery.
His life prior to meeting Elspet and her father is very sad and full of abuse and violence.
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When he finds kindness but how does he deal with it? Watching Elspet and Zachary trying to salvage their life is very interesting and compelling. Religious intolerance is another aspect to this book. The fear and anxiety prevails throughout. The Inquisition is completely incomprehensible. I will never understand it. As well, as the intolerance in England. Same with the Moriscos in Spain.