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Vol 23 No 2 Feb/March 2018

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Religious Freedom Under the Personal Law System

ISBN13: 9780199458066
Published: January 2016
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £24.99

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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 personal law 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 a millet 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.

Table of Cases
Table of Statutes
List of Abbreviations
1. Introduction
2. Overview of the Personal Law System
3. Religious Autonomy
4. Group Life
5. Self-respect
6. Adequate Religious Options
7. Reform Proposals
8. Conclusion
Appendix A: Overview of Different Personal Laws
Appendix B: Movement Between, and Exit From, Personal Laws
About the Author