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Methods and Contexts in the Study of Muslim Minorities: Visible and Invisible Muslims

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Author(s): 
Nadia Jeldtoft, Jørgen Nielsen (eds)
Publication: 
Ashgate Publishing Firm. Series Ethnic and Racial Studies
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In the past decade Muslims in Europe have been the subject of heated debates on the place and role of religion in the public space. Research into the issues involved has often used visible and formalised expressions of Muslim religiosity as its empirical point of departure. This book instead examines the microlevel workings of Muslim minority religiosity to offer a new perspective on these debates.

 

Contributors to this volume examine the forms of Muslim religiosity which are not dependent on the official or semi-official settings of organised religion. These ethnographic studies investigate a range of examples of non-organised Islam, ranging from salafi-jihadism, to converts to Islam, to everyday spiritualities of Muslim in Europe. By exploring these neglected forms of Muslim religiosity, this book is able to build up a more nuanced picture of the role of Muslims in Europe. It will be of interest to academics, researchers and graduate students of Religion, Ethnic Studies, Migration Studies, Sociology and Political Science.

 

For more information and orders, please visit: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415692250/

Conflicts between conscience and law: The conscientious objections

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Author(s): 
Prof. Rafael Navarro-Valls and Prof. Javier Martinez-Torrón
Publication: 
Iustel Publications (in Spanish)
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Conflicts between conscience and law in the Western world, far from decreasing, have invaded all social and political spaces. This book contains a detailed and documented analysis of conscientious objections in comparative and international law, and benefits from the authors’ experience of more than two decades studying this interesting legal phenomenon. Professors Rafael Navarro-Valls and Javier Martinez-Torrón analyse the most significant types of conscientious objections, beginning by those related to the protection of human life: objection to military service, abortion, medical treatments and other conflicts of conscience in the realm of bioethics. Together with classic objections, as those arising in the area of labour relations, the authors study other objections with more recent and visible significance: for instance, in the realm of education, in the exercise of public functions or in relation to religious garments or symbols.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT: http://www.iustel.com/editorial/?ficha=1&referencia=90011018  

Embedding Mahr (Islamic dower) in the European Legal System

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Author(s): 
Rubya Mehdi and Jørgen S. Nielsen
Publication: 
DJØF Publishing, 2011
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Editors: Rubya Mehdi and Jørgen S. Nielsen
Date: 2011
Publisher: DJØF Publishing
Abstract: Globalization and migration have served to make European societies multicultural to an unprecedented extent since 1945, but they have also increasingly brought multicultural life into the courts rooms and administrative institutions. However, there remains a lack of in-depth research investigating particular issues of Muslim family laws and how these interact with society on an unofficial level as well as in relation to the official legal processes. It is especially this latter aspect, i.e. how alternative norms play out in the formal courts, which is the focus of this book, with mahr as the main reference point.
Mahr, usually translated as dower (to distinguish it from dowry as the contribution which a bride brings to a marriage), is an amount of money or property which in a Muslim marriage is an obligation of the husband to the wife and has generally been more sympathetically treated by European courts than any other aspect of Islamic family law. Mahr engages various branches of the law such as gender equality, status of religion, contract, family including heritance, and private international law. It is a topic which functions as a prism through which much broader issues of cultural, religious and legal pluralism can be brought together for an analysis with implications beyond the apparently narrow focus of the immediate subject.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT: http://www.djoef-forlag.dk/vare/8757424764
 

Legal Practice and Cultural Diversity

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Author(s): 
Ralph Grillo, Roger Ballard, Alessandro Ferrari, Andre Hoekema, Marcel Maussen and Prakash Shah

Publication: Book, Ashgate Publishing Limited, August 2009

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This collection considers how contemporary cultural and religious diversity challenges legal practice, how legal practice responds to that challenge, and how practice is changing in the encounter with the cultural diversity occasioned by largescale, post-war immigration.

 

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Muslims in the West after 9/11. Religion, Politics and Law

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Author(s): 
Jocelyne Cesari

Publication: Book, Routledge, 2009

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This book is the first systematic attempt to study the situation of European and American Muslims after 9/11, and to present a comprehensive analysis of their religious, political, and legal situations.

Yearbook of Muslims in Europe

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Author(s): 
Jørgen S. Nielsen, Samim Akgönül, Ahmet Alibašić, Brigitte Maréchal, Christian Moe
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The presence of Muslims in Europe has attracted increasing attention over the last two, three decades. Researchers started devoting attention to the subject during the mid- and late 1980s. In the last two decades it has also attracted growing political attention and public debate. The events of 11 September 2001 in New York and Washington DC, followed by a number of other terrorist attacks, dramatically increased the general interest in Islam and Muslims, now often driven not only by security considerations, but also by social apprehension. It has become clear from these events that there is a serious lack of reliable and up-to-date information about the situation of Muslims in individual European countries.

For more information, see:
http://www.brill.nl/brochures/yme2010.pdf

 

Shari’a As Discourse. Legal Traditions and the Encounter with Europe

Author(s): 
Jørgen S. Nielsen and Lisbet Christoffersen
Publication: 
Book, Ashgate Publishing
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The book exposes some of the various issues raised in relation to Muslim communities in Europe, by putting the intellectual and legal traditions into dialogue. It brings together a number of scholars to provide a valuable reference for all those interested in exploring how Muslims and non-Muslims view Shari’a law.

To order, please visit:

http://www.ashgate.com/default.aspx?page=637&calcTitle=1&title_id=9318&edition_id=9605

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