Religious Freedom under the Personal Law System

Hardcover | February 14, 2016

byFarrah Ahmed

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The personal law system is hugely controversial and the subject of fierce debates. This book addresses a vital issue that has received inadequate attention in these debates: the impact of the personal law system on religious freedom. Drawing on scholarship on the legal reform of the personallaw system, as well as philosophical literature on multiculturalism, autonomy, and religious freedom, this book persuasively argues that the personal law system harms religious freedom. Several reform proposals are considered, including modifications of the personal law system, a move towards amillet system, 'internal' reform of individual personal laws, the introduction of a Uniform Civil Code, and a move towards religious alternative dispute resolution.This book will be of significant interest to students and scholars of law, politics, and gender studies, as well as lawyers and policymakers across jurisdictions interested in multiculturalism, particularly contemporary debates on the legal accommodation of religious and cultural norms.

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The personal law system is hugely controversial and the subject of fierce debates. This book addresses a vital issue that has received inadequate attention in these debates: the impact of the personal law system on religious freedom. Drawing on scholarship on the legal reform of the personallaw system, as well as philosophical literatu...

Farrah Ahmed is Senior Lecturer at Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne..
Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 8.7 × 5.59 × 0.98 inPublished:February 14, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199458065

ISBN - 13:9780199458066

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AcknowledgementsTable of CasesTable of StatutesList of Abbreviations1. Introduction2. Overview of the Personal Law System3. Religious Autonomy4. Group Life5. Self-respect6. Adequate Religious Options7. Reform Proposals8. ConclusionAppendix A: Overview of Different Personal LawsAppendix B: Movement Between, and Exit From, Personal LawsBibliographyAbout the Author