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Banda, Fareda and Fishbayn Joffee, L., eds. (2016) Women’s Rights and Religious Law: Domestic and International Perspectives. Abingdon; New York: Routledge.

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Abstract

The three Abrahamic faiths have dominated religious conversations for millennia but the relations between state and religion are in a constant state of flux. This relationship may be configured in a number of ways. Religious norms may be enforced by the state as part of a regime of personal law or, conversely, religious norms may be formally relegated to the private sphere but can be brought into the legal realm through the private acts of individuals. Enhanced recognition of religious tribunals or religious doctrines by civil courts may create a hybrid of these two models. One of the major issues in the reconciliation of changing civic ideals with religious tenets is gender equality, and this is an ongoing challenge in both domestic and international affairs. Examining this conflict within the context of a range of issues including marriage and divorce, violence against women and children, and women’s political participation, this collection brings together a discussion of the Abrahamic religions to examine the role of religion in the struggle for women’s equality around the world. The book encompasses both theory and practical examples of how law can be used to negotiate between claims for gender equality and the right to religion. It engages with international and regional human rights norms and also national considerations within countries. This book will be of great relevance to scholars and policy makers with an interest in law and religion, gender studies and human rights law.

Item Type: Edited Book or Journal Volume
Additional Information: Paperback – 30 Jun. 2020
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > School of Law
Departments and Subunits > School of Law
School Research Centres > Centre for Human Rights Law
ISBN: 9781138855977
Copyright Statement: ©2016 Routledge
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315720005
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2015 16:54
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/21219
Funders: Other

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