Social Cohesion and Civil Law: Marriage, Divorce and Religious Courts
48 Pages Posted: 7 Oct 2011 Last revised: 13 Oct 2011
Date Written: 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.
Keywords: religion, legal pluralism, religious courts
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