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

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Annie Bunting

York University

Shadi Mokhtari

American University; American University - School of International Service

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Bunting, Annie and Mokhtari, Shadi, Migrant Muslim Women's Interests and the Case of ‘Shari’a Tribunals’ in Ontario (2008). Racialized Migrant Women in Canada: Essays on Health, Violence and Equity. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008, 233-264. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2231799

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