From a SeekersHub post Advice to a Christian Man Who Wants to Marry a Muslim Woman by Ustadha Zaynab Ansari, we have the following:

Given that you’ve clearly thought this situation through, I would now offer that the onus is on the woman whom you wish to marry. After all, your religious beliefs may not prevent you from marrying outside of your faith but hers do and it is her responsibility to consider the implications — whether spiritual, social, or legal (were she to travel to a Muslim-majority country) — of marrying outside of her faith.

I'm particularly interested in the legal implications:

Question: What are the legal implications of a Muslim woman marrying outside her faith?

The fatwa does not go into detail. I'm not clear on what the fatwa is talking about, since presumably non-Muslim marriages are recognized as marriages in Muslim-majority countries. Nor am I aware of any sharia punishment for such a marriage.

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    Welcome back Reb! – Casanova Dec 13 '17 at 2:28
  • A marriage between a Muslim woman and a Non-Muslim man is not recognized in Islam, so any contact with him would be considered as if he was a stranger to her. Intercourse would be punishable as zina, for example. – G. Bach Dec 13 '17 at 7:06
  • @G.Bach do you have any evidences for the punishment? Fact is the marriage would be annulled in dar al-Islam and it has a status of zina as it is illegal based on 2:221 (legacy.quran.com/2/221). – Medi1Saif Dec 13 '17 at 9:12
  • @Medi1Saif I don't understand the question. The marriage would be Islamically invalid, thus sex would be zina, for which there is hadd. I thought this would be covered extensively on islam.se already, I don't see what would be contentious here? – G. Bach Dec 13 '17 at 12:33
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    60:10 is relevant. The marriage would be void and the two would be separated. They also won't inherit from each other etc. – UmH Dec 13 '17 at 13:54

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