Religion as Empowerment : Global legal perspectives
The authors look beyond the rule of law orthodoxy in their consideration of the freedom of religion as a human right and place this discussion in a more plurality-sensitive context. The book sheds more light on the informal and/or customary mechanisms that explain the limited impact of law on individuals and groups, especially in non-Western societies. The focus is on discussing how religion and the exercise of religious rights may or may not empower individuals and social groups and improve access to human rights in general.
This book is important reading for academics and practitioners of law and religion, religious rights, religious diversity and cultural difference, as well as NGOs, policy makers, lawyers and advocates at multicultural jurisdictions. It offers a contemporary take on comparative legal studies, with a distinct focus on religion as an identity marker.
- Hardback | 324 pages
- 159 x 235 x 22.86mm | 612g
- 29 Jun 2016
- Taylor & Francis Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
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Table of contents
List of Figures and Tables
List of Contributors
Chapter 1: Introduction- Werner Menski & Kyriaki Topidi
Part I: Religion AS Law
Chapter 2: Islam as legal (dis)-empowerment: The dynamic interplay between Italian legal provisions and shariah-compliant norms - Federica Sona
Chapter 3: South African Women's Legal Experiences of Muslim Personal Law - Waheeda Amien
Chapter 4: Decoding Diversity: Experiences with Personal Law in the Lower Courts of Maharashtra - Kalindi Kokal
Chapter 5: When courts do not finish contentious causes: Revisiting the value of religious laws in the Rainbow Nation - Dennis Bonginkosi Xulu
Chapter 6: Shari'a Deconstructed: A New Definition of Islamic Constitutionalism and its enforcement through Positive Law -Pietro Longo
Part II: Religion IN Law
Chapter 7: Engaging Religious Laws, Players and Communities: Confronting Religious Dis-Empowerment - Amos Israel - Vleeschhouwer
Chapter 8: Negotiating religious orthodoxy, state neutrality and religious freedom: The case of the Ahmadiyah controversy in post-Suharto Indonesia - Supriyanto Abdi
Chapter 9: Must the infringement of women's rights within religions be tolerated? A Swiss perspective - Adrian Loretan
Chapter 10: Polygyny in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Practice that empowers or disempowers women? - Lauren Fielder
Chapter 11: Tolerance of Liberal Values in Romania: Anti-Abortion from Strategies between Religious Belief and Civil Society Mobilisation - Bodgan Mihai Radu and Cosmina Paul
Chapter 12: Public Education and Religious Rights: A Comparative Analysis - Kyriaki Topidi
Chapter 13: Conclusion: The Normative Dialogue between Religion and Law as a Cultural Endeavour: A Plea for Complexity and Context - Kyriaki Topidi
Liav Orgad, Harvard University, USA
'Religion as empowerment is a wide-ranging collective book exploring the universe of "Law and Religion" from different angles and with reference to various cultural and legal experiences. The overall scenario depicts a post-secular world, where religion is "lurking in the background" as another form of claimed legal authority. Through the lenses of legal pluralism, the authors explore the normative dialogue between religion and law furnishing invaluable insights for legal scholars as well as for practitioners.'
Domenico Amirante, The Second University of Naples, Italy
'This book is about the manifold legal tools provided by official law and by religious and cultural traditions and about their capacity to provide justice. Interdisciplinary case studies of topical interest from various corners of the world accentuate the impact of theoretical legal approaches on individual people's lives. A recommended reading and a stimulus for further research.'
Wolfgang Wieshaider, University of Vienna, Austria
About Kyriaki Topidi
Lauren Fielder is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Law at the University of Texas, USA. She teaches, writes and speaks about human rights issues in Africa.