Muslim Legal Norms and the Integration of European Muslims

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dc.contributor.author MALIK, Maleiha
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-19T07:22:14Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-19T07:22:14Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.issn 1028-3625
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/11653
dc.description MUSMINE - Muslim Minorities in Europe en
dc.description.abstract This paper examines the potential for accommodating Muslim legal and ethical norms within European liberal democracies. It focuses on areas of personal life such as family norms and ethics. The main argument of the paper is that in some areas - such as divorce or contract law - there is potential for accommodating Muslim legal and ethical norms within mainstream political and legal institutions. The advantage of this strategy is that it can encourage Muslims to identify with national political and legal institutions. This strategy can, in turn, encourage the integration of Muslims into mainstream European institutions and promote the goals of social cohesion. However, the accommodation of some religious and cultural norms in this way can create a risk of harm to women. Therefore, there need to be special processes to ensure that Muslim women's autonomy is safeguarded. The paper includes a case study and discussion of Muslim family law arbitration, and the use of 'sharia tribunals', in Great Britain. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.relation.ispartofseries EUI RSCAS en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 2009/29 en
dc.relation.ispartofseries MUSMINE en
dc.subject Accommodating Muslim Legal and Ethical Norms en
dc.subject Muslim Family Law en
dc.subject Sharia Tribunals in Europe en
dc.title Muslim Legal Norms and the Integration of European Muslims en
dc.type Working Paper en
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