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On British Islam : religion, law, and everyday practice in shari'a councils

Author: John R Bowen
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, [2016] ©2016
Series: Princeton studies in Muslim politics.
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On British Islam examines the history and everyday workings of Islamic institutions in Britain, with a focus on shariʿa councils. These councils concern themselves with religious matters, especially divorce. They have a higher profile in Britain than in other Western nations. Why? Taking a historical and ethnographic look at British Islam, John Bowen examines how Muslims have created distinctive religious  Read more...
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Bowen, John R.
On British Islam
(DLC) 2015025099
(OCoLC)916684698
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John R Bowen
ISBN: 9781400881055 1400881056
OCLC Number: 938018225
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Acknowledgments --
Part 1. Pathways --
Chapter 1. Why Shariʿa in Britain? --
Chapter 2. Transplanting Ties --
Chapter 3. Islamic Topographies --
Part 2. Practices --
Chapter 4. Background to the Shariʿa Councils --
Chapter 5. Improvising an Institution --
Chapter 6. Unstable Performativity --
Chapter 7. Competing Justifications --
Part 3. Variants --
Chapter 8. When Women Rule in Birmingham --
Chapter 9. Sufi Encompassments --
Part 4. Boundaries --
Chapter 10. Shariʿa in English Law The Argument So Far --
Chapter 11. When Can Shariʿa Be British? --
Chapter 12. Internal Debates and Practical Convergences --
Chapter 13. Conclusions --
Glossary --
Notes --
References --
Index --
Backmatter
Series Title: Princeton studies in Muslim politics.
Responsibility: John R. Bowen.
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On British Islam examines the history and everyday workings of Islamic institutions in Britain, with a focus on shariʿa councils. These councils concern themselves with religious matters, especially divorce. They have a higher profile in Britain than in other Western nations. Why? Taking a historical and ethnographic look at British Islam, John Bowen examines how Muslims have created distinctive religious institutions in Britain and how shariʿa councils interpret and apply Islamic law in a secular British context.Bowen focuses on three specific shariʿa councils: the oldest and most developed, in London; a Midlands community led by a Sufi saint and barrister; and a Birmingham-based council in which women play a leading role. Bowen shows that each of these councils represents a prolonged, unique experiment in meeting Muslims' needs in a Western country. He also discusses how the councils have become a flash point in British public debates even as they adapt to the English legal environment.On British Islam highlights British Muslims' efforts to create institutions that make sense in both Islamic and British terms. This balancing act is rarely acknowledged in Britain--or elsewhere--but it is urgent that we understand it if we are to build new ways of living together.

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