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Sharia Councils and Muslim Women in Britain : Rethinking the Role of Power and Authority (Hardcover)

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Based on the author's Ph.D. thesis, this book considers Shari'a councils in Britain and the experiences and motivations of individual Muslim women in their interactions with them within the context of authority, power, agency, and resistance, looking at why Muslim women in Britain choose to take up their disputes in the councils. She explores 100 cases in four councils, drawing on interviews with 43 women and with personnel involved in the institutions. She examines the claim that women who come to the councils do so on the basis of a recognition of their authority, showing that this is not consistent with her interviews, which revealed that the women believed the councils to be recognized by their communities. She discusses how law, community norms, and the practices of the councils construct a set of boundaries that Muslim women feel they need to navigate to pursue their goals, and describes how they approach the councils as a last resort and a strategy to use the language of the dominant class against itself to obtain freedom. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 222
Genre: Social Science, Religion + Beliefs
Series Title: Muslim Minorities
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Brill Academic Pub
Author: Tanya Walker
Language: English
Street Date: October 27, 2016
TCIN: 51836693
UPC: 9789004316089
Item Number (DPCI): 248-35-0515
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