Resources for thinking about the law in Britain
Law & Religion UK – Frank Cranmer and David Pocklington – http://www.lawandreligionuk.com/
Religion Law Blog – Neil Addison – http://religionlaw.blogspot.co.uk/
Theology of Law - David McIlroy - http://www.theologyoflaw.org/
Shari'a and religion in law
Baroness Cox’s Arbitration and Mediation Service (Equality) Bill 2015-16
Nazir-Ali, Michael. 2010. 'The Challenges of Islamist Ideology to America’s Founding Principles', Backgrounder, 2430: 1-12 - Nazir-Ali considers the challenges he believes to be posed to “Western legal and social foundations” by Shari‘a especially as it relates to the freedom of women, freedom of speech and Islamic finance. He concludes that “because of the fundamental opposition between the assumptions of public law in the West and those of the Shari‘a, it is not only undesirable, but actually impossible to provide Shari‘a with a recognized place in terms of the rule of law.”
Rivers, Julian. 2009. ‘Three Principles for Christian Citizens’, Cambridge Papers, 18, 1-4 - Rivers points out that “the introduction of Sharia courts with a distinctive criminal jurisdiction over Muslims is simply not on the agenda”. Rather he explores some basic Christian principles associated with the common good, institutional independence and conscientious witness.
Rivers, Julian. 2012. ‘Is English law Christian?’ in Nick Spencer (ed.) Religion and Law, London: Theos Think Tank - Rivers explores the degree to which English law has been influenced by Christian thought and ethics. He concludes that “English Law is Christian in the sense that it largely reflects the possible outcome of debates within Christianity about the proper limited purpose and content of secular law, but it may be departing from Christianity in its flirtation with an idolatrous (self-worshipping) conception of human dignity and its willingness to use the power of the law to promote that conception across the whole of society.”
Rivers, Julian. 2012. ‘The Secularisation of the British Constitution’, Ecclesiastical Law Journal, 14, 371-399 - Rivers looks at how English law has been shaped to some extent by multiculturalism and yet has come wrongly to “treat religions as merely recreational and trivial”.
Hill & Whistler. 2013. The Right to Wear Religious Symbols, Palgrave Macmillan - “a lively and accessible analysis of a key issue in contemporary society: whether there is a human right to wear a religious symbol and how far any such right extends.”
Mohammed Amin: Why Baroness Cox’s “Shariah Law” Bill is misconceived
Dr Sandberg, Russell. Reforming Religious Courts: A Comparison of Two Bills, 2015, www.lawandreligionuk.com.
Section 75 of the Marriage Act 1949 – regarding who may solemnize a marriage
Hodson, David. 2017. ‘A Good Divorce? And a Good Christian Divorce Lawyer? Some Ethics of Divorce law and Practice’. Crucible: The Journal of Christian Social Ethics.
Julian Rivers responds to Daniel Hill in ‘Could Marriage be Disestablished?’, Tyndale Bulletin, 68, 121-151, 2017.
The Family Matters campaign by The Times and Marriage Foundation to modernise marriage law (various articles in the Times during November 2017)
Register my Marriage’ campaign https://www.registerourmarriage.org/)
Muslim Women’s Network, ‘Written evidence to home affairs select committee inquiry on shariah councils‘, 2016
Gohir, Shaista, 2016 ‘Information and Guidance on Muslim Marriage and Divorce in Britain‘, Muslim Women’s Network UK
Muslim Women’s Network UK, 'Domestic Abuse Can Kill', 2017
Ali, Abdullah bin Hamid, ‘An Islamic View of Marriage & Celibacy‘, Lamppost Productions/Zaytuna College
Douglas, Gillian, Norman Doe, Sophie Gilliat-Ray, Russell Sandberg, and Asma Khan. 2011. Social Cohesion and Civil Law: Marriage, Divorce and Religious Courts. Cardiff University