Sharia councils and Muslim women in Britain : rethinking the role of power and authority /
by Tanya Walker.
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2017.
vi, 222 p. ; 25 cm.
9004316086 (hardback), 9789004316089 (hardback), 9789004331365 (e-book)
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Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2017.
9004316086 (hardback)
9789004316089 (hardback)
9789004331365 (e-book)
contents note
Introduction -- The sharia councils, the women, and some methodological concerns -- The question of authority -- The women in context : the web of power -- Tactics of power -- Conclusion.
"The public debate on Shariʻa councils in Britain has been heavily influenced by the assumption that the councils exist as religious authorities and that those who use them exercise their right to religious freedom. In [this book, the author] draws on extensive fieldwork from over 100 cases to argue for a radically different understanding of the setting and dynamics of the Shari a councils. The analysis highlights the pragmatic manoeuvrings of Muslim women, in pursuit of defined objectives, within limited space holding in tension both the constraints of particular frameworks of power, and the realities of women s agency. Despite this needed nuance in a polarised debate however, important questions about the rights of Muslim women remain."--
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 202-217) and index.

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