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Comparative Religious Law
Judaism, Christianity, Islam

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  • Date Published: December 2018
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107167131

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  • Comparative Religious Law provides for the first time a study of the regulatory instruments of Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious organisations in Britain in light of their historical religious laws. Norman Doe questions assumptions about the pervasiveness, character and scope of religious laws, from the view that they are not or should not be recognised by civil law, to the idea that there may be a fundamental incompatibility between religious and civil law. It proposes that religious laws pervade society, are recognised by civil law, have both a religious and temporal character, and regulate wide areas of believers' lives. Subjects include sources of law, faith leaders, governance, worship and education, rites of passage, divorce and children, and religion-State relations. A Charter of 'the principles of religious law' common to all three Abrahamic faiths is proposed, to stimulate greater mutual understanding between religion and society and between the three faiths themselves.

    • Provides for the first time a comparative study of the modern regulatory instruments of Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious organisations in Britain today in light of their classical religious laws
    • Explores evidence that religious laws are more pervasive than is often presumed; they are at the same time both religious, temporal and functional and embrace a wider range of matters than has been regarded in believers' lives as they practise their faiths in society alongside State law
    • It earths the practical utility of religious law study by exploring its value in promoting greater mutual understanding between religion and society and between the three faiths themselves
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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107167131
    • length: 468 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.8kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Table of abbreviations
    1. The laws: communities, sources and functions
    2. The faithful: status, duties and rights
    3. The faith leaders: appointment and functions:
    4. The governance of communities: institutions and officers
    5. The resolution of disputes: courts and tribunals
    6. The faith, worship and education
    7. The rites of passage
    8. The family, marriage and children
    9. The property and finance of the faith community
    10. The religion, state and society
    Appendix: toward a charter of Abrahamic law
    Bibliography: primary sources 1. Jewish materials
    2. Christian materials
    3. Islamic materials
    4. The law of the state: parliamentary legislation, secondary legislation, judicial decisions, charity commission
    Secondary sources

  • Author

    Norman Doe, Cardiff University
    Norman Doe is a professor at Cardiff University Law School. He studied at Cardiff University, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Oxford, and is a barrister. His degrees include a Ph.D. (Cambridge), D.CL. (Lambeth) and LL.D. (Cambridge). His books include Fundamental Authority in Late Medieval English Law (Cambridge, 1991), Canon Law in the Anglican Communion (1998), Law and Religion in Europe (2011), and Christian Law (Cambridge, 2013). A visiting professor at Paris University and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, he was a visiting fellow at Trinity College, Oxford (2011), visiting scholar at Corpus Christi College, Oxford (2015), and visiting fellow at Jesus College, Oxford (2018) and acted as a consultant on canon law to the Anglican Communion, served on the Lambeth Commission (2003–04), and is Chancellor of the Diocese of Bangor. He is director of the LL.M. in Canon Law at Cardiff University.

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