Debating Sharia : Islam, gender politics, and family law arbitration / edited by Anna C. Korteweg and Jennifer A. Selby.

  • Toronto, Ont. ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, [2012]
  • ©2012
xii, 397 pages ; 23 cm


Summary note
"When the Islamic Institute of Civil Justice announced it would begin offering Sharia-based services in Ontario, a subsequent provincial government review gave qualified support for religious arbitration. However, the ensuing debate inflamed the passions of a wide range of Muslim and non-Muslim groups, garnered worldwide attention, and led to a ban on religiously based family law arbitration in the province. Debating Sharia sheds light on how Ontario's Sharia debate of 2003-2006 exemplified contemporary concerns regarding religiosity in the public sphere and the place of Islam in Western nation states. Focusing on the legal ramifications of Sharia law in the context of rapidly changing Western liberal democracies, Debating Sharia approaches the issue from a variety of methodological perspectives, including policy and media analysis, fieldwork, feminist examinations of the portrayals of Muslim women, and theoretical examinations of religion, Sharia, and the law. This volume is an important read for those who grapple with ethnic and religio-cultural diversity while remaining committed to religious freedom and women's equality."-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references.
  • Practicing an 'Islamic imagination' : Islamic divorce in North America / Julie MacFarlane
  • Faith-based arbitration or religious divorce : what was the issue? / Christopher Cutting
  • Multiculturalism meets privatization : the case of faith-based arbitration / Audrey Macklin
  • 'Sharia' courts in Canada : a delayed opportunity for the indigenization of Islamic legal rulings / Faisal Kutty
  • Asking questions about Sharia : lessons from Ontario / L. Clarke
  • Islamic law and the Canadian mosaic : politics, jurisprudence, and multicultural accommodation / Anver M. Emon
  • The 'good' Muslim, 'bad' Muslim puzzle? : The assertion of Muslim women's Islamic identity in the Sharia debates in Canada / Nevin Reda
  • 'The Muslims have ruined our party' : a case study of Ontario media portrayals of supporters of faith-based arbitration / Katherine Bullock
  • Sharia in Canada? : Mapping discourses of race, gender and religious difference / Jasmin Zine
  • Agency and representations : voices and silences in the Ontario Sharia debate / Anna C. Korteweg
  • Managing the mosaic : the work of form in 'Dispute resolution in family law : protecting choice, promoting inclusion' / Alexander Brown
  • Construing the secular : implications of the Ontario Sharia debate / Jennifer A. Selby.
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Islam, gender politics, and family law arbitration
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