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Multicultural Interlegality? Negotiating Family Law in the Context of Muslim Legal Pluralism in the UK

Samia Bano

in Law and Anthropology

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780199580910
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723025 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580910.003.0016

Series: Current Legal Issues

 Multicultural Interlegality? Negotiating Family Law in the Context of Muslim Legal Pluralism in the UK

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This chapter draws upon debates about the concepts of ‘interlegality’ and ‘multicultural interlegality’, to analyze the ways in which Muslim legal pluralism in matters of family law are negotiated and renegotiated between and within the limits of state and community laws. It begins with a brief discussion on the limits of traditional legal pluralist scholarship and considers why the concept of interlegality may be useful to better understand the multiplicity in matters of Muslim family law. It then analyzes the emergence of Muslim legal pluralism in Britain and asks whether Shariah Councils and the Muslim Arbitration Tribunal constitute new socio-legal formations and ‘multicultural interlegality’.

Keywords: multicultural interlegality; Muslim legal pluralism; family law; Shariah Councils; Muslim Arbitration Tribunal

Chapter.  10736 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Law

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