Religion and Legal Pluralism
In recent years, there have been a number of concerns about the recognition of religious laws and the existence of religious courts and tribunals. There has also been the growing literature on legal pluralism which seeks to understand how more than one legal system can and should exist within one social space. However, whilst a number of important theoretical works concerning legal pluralism in the context of cultural rights have been published, little has been published specifically on religion. Religion and Legal Pluralism explores the extent to which religious laws are already recognised by the state and the extent to which religious legal systems, such as Sharia law, should be accommodated.
’Religious and legal pluralism is a fact of life in contemporary Britain. This collection of essays is an important contribution to debate about the consequences of this.’ Anthony Bradney, Keele University, UK ’Legal pluralism is frequently seen as the best tool to face the challenge raised by increasing religious diversity. The assets and risks of this strategy are carefully and competently assessed in this book through an intelligent mix of theoretical contributions and case-studies.’ Silvio Ferrari, University of Milan, Italy