Adequate Religious Options

Farrah Ahmed

in Religious Freedom under the Personal Law System

Published in print December 2015 | ISBN: 9780199458066
Published online December 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780199085514 | DOI:
Adequate Religious Options

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This chapter examines the implications of the personal law system for religious options available to people. It found that the system harmed the option of religious practice and the option of refraining from religious practice. Several defences of the system’s effect on religious options – including the voluntary power-conferring nature of many personal laws and the possibility that the option of personal law enhanced religious practice – were considered and rejected. Overall, the personal law system’s impact on the religious options of those subject to it harms religious autonomy.

Keywords: self-creation; autonomy; freedom from religion; personal need; barriers to religious practice

Chapter.  12241 words. 

Subjects: Family Law

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