Social Cohesion and Civil Law: Marriage, Divorce and Religious Courts
Cardiff University - Cardiff Law School
University of Wales System - Cardiff Law School
University of Wales System - School of History, Archaeology and Religion
School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University
affiliation not provided to SSRN
June 1, 2011
This is the report of the project, Social Cohesion and Civil Law: Marriage, Divorce and Religious Courts, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, which explored how religious law functions alongside civil law in the area of marriage and divorce. It examines the workings of three religious courts in detail: a Jewish Beth Din; a matrimonial tribunal of the Roman Catholic Church; and a Muslim “Shariah Council”). It finds that these tribunals provide an important service for their users in enabling them to remarry within their faith, which serves both to enable them to remain within their faith community and to regularize their position with the religious authorities. None of the tribunals sought greater autonomy and all recognized the supremacy of state law.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 48
Keywords: religion, legal pluralism, religious courts
Date posted: October 7, 2011 ; Last revised: October 13, 2011
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