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[The portrayal of Islamic family law in Europe] تجلًيات قانون الأسرة الإسلامي في اوروبا

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Contribution to book (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2011
Author Shehada Nahda,
Project The practice of Islamic Family Law in Palestine and Israel: Text and Context
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Contribution to book (peer-reviewed)

Book Al-bath al-naqdî fî l-'ulûm al-ijtimâ'iyya. Mudâkhalât sharqiyya-gharbiyya 'âbira li-likhtisâsât.
Editor , R. Badr É. Conte R. Heacock et M. al-Malkî
Publisher Birzeit University & Austrian Academy of Sciences, Ramallah Vienna
Page(s) NA - NA
ISBN NA
Title of proceedings Al-bath al-naqdî fî l-'ulûm al-ijtimâ'iyya. Mudâkhalât sharqiyya-gharbiyya 'âbira li-likhtisâsât.

Abstract

[Arabic version of 'The portrayal of Islamic family law in Europe'; see above. Page numbers and ISBN will be furnished subsequently.] This paper discusses some issues related to the portrayal of Islam, Islamic law, and the gender question in Europe. Under the current circumstances of neoliberalism and the ‘war on terror’, it is argued, the focus on the discriminatory aspects of Islamic law — in the abstract— is, in fact, reinforcing stereotypes about Muslims’ backwardness, Islamic misogyny, and gender disparity, instead of adding to what we already know. The paper offers a processual analysis of situations in which many norms and references are invoked when implementing Islamic family law. To exemplify certain current attitudes to Muslims, a workshop attended in Spring 2009 at a highly reputed research centre in Europe is analysed. This leads to a discussion of the implications of politics of representation. The paper concludes with contrasting observations from the author’s fieldwork in an Islamic family law court.
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