Responses to Muslim law in the UK

Authors: 
Lisa Pilgram
Publication date: 
December 2011
Publication type: 
Book chapter

On 7 February 2008, the Archbishop of Canterbury delivered a lecture on the civil and religious law in England in which he asked the question of how much space could be given to minority religious legal practices alongside secular state law. His speech sparked significant controversy and prompted a variety of scholarly responses to the question of Sharia law in the UK and Europe. The debates that followed produced interesting new perspectives on the place of law and religion in today’s diverse societies of Europe. This paper presents an overview of the main arguments at stake in these debates in the UK.

Published in Gudrun Biffl and Lydia Rössl (eds) (2011) 'Migration & Integration'. Omninum Verlag. http://www.migrationundintegration.at/

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