Shari'a in the West

edited by Rex Ahdar and Nicholas Aroney

In February 2008, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, delivered a public lecture in which he stated that it "seem[ed] unavoidable" that certain aspects of Islamic law (Shari'a) would be recognized and incorporated into British law. The comments provoked outrage from sections of the public who viewed any recognition of Shari'a law in Britain with alarm. In July 2008 Lord Phillips, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, weighed into the fray. He praised the Archbishop's speech and gave qualified support for Shari'a principles to govern certain family and civil disputes. Responding to the polarised debate that followed these lectures, this is a collection of short essays written by distinguished and prominent scholars addressing the question of the accommodation of Shari'a within the legal systems of the liberal-democratic West. The matters raised in the two 2008 lectures provide a springboard for lively discussion, criticism and debate on both the specific question of religious/cultural accommodation by the law and the wider issues of multiculturalism, equality before the law and the desirability of parallel jurisdictions for particular faith communities. Leading scholars from a range of countries and academic disciplines, and representing different political viewpoints and faith traditions explore the complex issues surrounding the legal recognition of religious faith in a multicultural society. The volume aims to stimulate further thought on a complex issue, and to open up new pathways for policymakers and civil society institutions grappling with the relationship between Shari'a and Western legal systems.

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  • 1. The Topography of Shari'a in the Western Political Landscape
  • I
  • 2. Multicultural Citizenship and the Shari'a Controversy in Britain
  • 3. The Archbishop of Canterbury: The Man and the Theology Behind the Shari'a Lecture
  • 4. Religious Courts' Recognition Claims: Two Qualitatively Distinct Narratives
  • 5. Islamic Law, Fundamental Freedoms, and Social Cohesion: Retrospect and Prospect
  • 6. Shari'a and Pluralism
  • II
  • 7. Questions about the Reasonable Accommodation of Minorities
  • 8. Entangled: State, Religion, and the Family
  • 9. Shari'a and the True Basis of Group Rights: Islam, the West, and Liberalism
  • 10. Religious Courts, Personal Federalism, and Legal Transplants
  • 11. Natural Law, Democracy, and Shari'a
  • III
  • 12. Negotiating the Unfamiliar: Reflections from the Netherlands on the Archbishop of Canterbury's Lecture
  • 13. Reflections on the Establishment of Shari'a Courts in Australia
  • 14. In the Shadow of Our Legal System: Shari'a in Australia
  • IV
  • 15. To Shari'aticize or not to Shari'aticize: Islamic and Secular Law in Liberal Democratic Society
  • 16. The Future of Muslim Family Law in Western Democracies
  • The Archbishop of Canterbury, The Rt Rev Dr Rowan Williams, Civil and Religious Law in England: a Religious Perspective
  • Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, Equality Before the Law

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書名 Shari'a in the West
著作者等 Ahdar, Rex J.
Aroney, Nicholas
Ahdar Rex
出版元 Oxford University Press
刊行年月 2010
ページ数 xii, 336 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 9780199582914
NCID BB04648925
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス