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On British Islam: Religion, Law, and Everyday Practice in Shari'a Councils

John R. Bowen


This book examines the history and everyday workings of Islamic institutions in Britain, with a focus on shariʻa councils. These councils concern themselves with religious matters, especially divorce. They have a higher profile in Britain than in other Western nations. Why? Taking a historical and ethnographic look at British Islam, this book examines how Muslims have created distinctive religious institutions in Britain and how shariʻa councils interpret and apply Islamic law in a secular British context. The book focuses on three specific shariʻa councils: the oldest and most developed, in L ... More

Keywords: Islamic institutions, Britain, shariʻa councils, divorce, British Islam, Islamic law, British Muslims

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780691158549
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691158549.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John R. Bowen, author
Washington University, St. Louis