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The Sharia Law debate: The missing family law context

Sandberg, Russell and Thompson, Sharon 2016. The Sharia Law debate: The missing family law context. Law and Justice 177 , pp. 181-192.

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Abstract

Two official enquires and one Private Members Bill are currently grappling with the ever-controversial topic of the operation of sharia tribunals in England and Wales. While these developments are valuable in that there is still a missing evidence base in terms of Sharia tribunals, this narrow focus on Sharia misses the point that a wider reappraisal of family law matters is required. This article contends that the sharia debate points to wider concerns about two areas of family law in particular: the formalities concerning marriage and the privatisation of family justice. It concludes that concerns about sharia tribunals cannot be addressed without paying attention to wider family law developments.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Subjects: K Law > KD England and Wales
Publisher: The Edmund Plowden Trust
ISSN: 0269-817X
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 31 October 2016
Date of Acceptance: 31 August 2016
Last Modified: 29 Dec 2017 06:53
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/95736

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