CMPL Law Workshop II

Forthcoming - Thursday 20th September, 2018, Manchester

This event will bring together Christians to further explore the issues around Christians, Muslims and the law in Britain with the help of both Christian and Muslim speakers.  


  • Professor Julian Rivers, Professor of Jurisprudence at the School of Law, University of Bristol, is a confirmed speaker. Julian, a confessing Christian and engaging speaker, specialises in legal and constitutional theory, with a particular interest in the interplay between law and religion. His extensive writings include contributions on criminal law, constitutional law, legal theory, international law, citizenship and the moral authority of Scripture.

  • Qari Muhammad Asim MBE, Senior Imam, Makkah Masjid and Muslim advisor to the independent review chaired by Prof Siddiqui.

  • Barrister Paul Diamond LL.M, Standing Counsel to the Christian Legal Centre

  • Dr Daniel Hill, Senior Lecturer in philosophy at Liverpool University

We anticipate speakers and attendees will bring a range of Christian perspectives, reflecting the diversity and differing opinions 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 -  Baroness Cox – ‘Responding to Home Office report’ (audio)


Paper 2 - Dr Richard McCallum – ‘Islamic marriage’ (audioPowerPoint)

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 - Prof David Hodson OBE – ‘UK marriage law’ (PowerPoint)


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


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