Migrant Muslim Women's Interests and the Case of ‘Shari’a Tribunals’ in Ontario
Racialized Migrant Women in Canada: Essays on Health, Violence and Equity. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008, 233-264
32 Pages Posted: 12 Mar 2013
Date Written: 2008
This chapter explores the socio-legal dimensions of the reform of Ontario family law in 2006 which made any religious arbitration of family disputes unenforceable in an Ontario court. The authors explore the legal developments and public debates from the perspective of migrant Muslim women in the Toronto area. We asked participants in our research, mostly religious Muslim women, about their views on religious arbitration and family dispute resolution concerning such issues as marriage contracts, mehr (dower), custody, support and divorce.
Keywords: family law, religious law, dispute resolution, Muslim women
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