CMPL Law Workshop II

The second workshop looking at 'Christians, Muslims and the Law' was held on Thursday 20th September, 2018 at the Nazarene Theological College in Manchester.  About 20 Christians attended from a range of backgrounds and interests.  The workshop explored the Christian heritage of British law and considered legal issues that might concern both Christians and Muslims with a focus on religious freedoms.

Paper 1 - Christianity, Islam and English Law (audio) (powerpoint) - Professor Julian Rivers, Professor of Jurisprudence at the School of Law, University of Bristol

Paper 2 - Law of the Land & Islam (audio) (powerpoint) - Qari Muhammad Asim MBE, Senior Imam, Makkah Masjid and Muslim advisor to the independent review chaired by Prof Siddiqui.

Paper 3 - (audio) (powerpoint) - Barrister Paul Diamond LL.M, Standing Counsel to the Christian Legal Centre

Response from Julian Rivers (audio)

Paper 4 - (audio) (powerpoint) - Dr Daniel Hill, Senior Lecturer in philosophy at Liverpool University

Response from Julian Rivers (audio)

Christian reflections on the Law and Religious Freedom: Papers developed by discussion groups

In the discussion time, attendees at the workshop were asked to join a group that reflected their response to religious freedom.  The aim was for the members of the group to develop a coherent rationale for the positions that they hold.  These views do not necessarily reflect the views of the workshop organisers or of CMCS.  They are included here to illustrate the range of thinking on these topics that exists within the Christian community.


CMPL Law Workshop I

The first workshop looking at 'Christians, Muslims and the Law' was held on Wednesday 7th March, 2018 at the YMCA Indian Student Hostel.  About 30 Christians attended from a range of backgrounds and interests.  The workshop was responding to the recently published Home Office independent review into the application of shari’a law in England and Wales, chaired by Professor Mona Siddiqui.  It also considered the implication of the Muslim presence in Britain on the future of the family.   

Paper 1 -  ‘Responding to Home Office report’ (audio) - The Right Honourable Caroline Cox, Baroness of Queensbury (but "please call me Caroline")

Summary

Paper 2 - ‘Islamic marriage’ (audioPowerPoint) - Dr Richard McCallum, Senior Fellow, Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies, Oxford

To set the scene for the following two talks, this paper briefly explores the concept of marriage in Islam drawing on Muslim sources both in the Qur'an and in recent Islamic thinking.   It lists some of the essential vocabulary before raising the problematic issues regarding Islamic marriage highlighted by many non-Muslims.  However, it then goes on to look at some of the strengths of marriage in Islamic cultures and briefly points to further resources.

Paper 3 - ‘UK marriage law’ (PowerPoint) - Prof David Hodson OBE,

Summary

Paper 4 - ‘Christian marriage’ (audio) - Harry  Benson

Summary

Responses of workshop attendees to Baroness Cox and the Siddiqui report (audio)

Christian responses: Papers developed by discussion groups

In two different sessions, attendees at the workshop were asked to join the group that most reflected their response to the topic of the session.  The aim was for the members of the group to develop a coherent rationale for the positions that they hold.  These views do not necessarily reflect the views of the workshop organisers or of CMCS.  They are included here to illustrate the range of thinking on these topics that exists within the Christian community.

Responding to the Siddiqui report

Thinking about family