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Reviewer Meets Reviewed: Muslim Families, Politics and the Law
Thursday 15 February 2018, 02:00pm - 04:00pm
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REVIEWER MEETS REVIEWED

SEMINAR SERIES AT THE BRITISH MUSEUM'S ANTHROPOLOGY LIBRARY AND RESEARCH CENTRE

Muslim Families, Politics and the Law: A Legal Industry in Multicultural Britain

Thursday 15 February at 2.00 pm

Anthropology Library and Research Centre, British Museum

THIS IS A FREE EVENT

The British Museum’s Anthropology Library and Research Centre, in conjunction with the Royal Anthropological Institute, is pleased to present ‘Reviewer meets Reviewed’, a discussion between Prof Ralph Grillo, author of Muslim Families, Politics and the Law: A Legal Industry in Multicultural Britain, and Prof Pnina Werbner, who reviewed the book for the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.

Contemporary European societies are multi-ethnic and multi-cultural, certainly in terms of the diversity which has stemmed from the immigration of workers and refugees and their settlement. Currently, however, there is widespread, often acrimonious, debate about ’other’ cultural and religious beliefs and practices and limits to their accommodation. This book focuses principally on Muslim families and on the way in which gender relations and associated questions of (women’s) agency, consent and autonomy, have become the focus of political and social commentary, with followers of the religion under constant public scrutiny and criticism. Practices concerning marriage and divorce are especially controversial and the book includes a detailed overview of the public debate about the application of Islamic legal and ethical norms (shari’a) in family law matters, and the associated role of Shari’a councils, in a British context.

Bookings/enquiries: Ted Goodliffe (TGoodliffe@britishmuseum.org)

Location : Anthropology Library, British Museum
Great Russell Street
London
WC1B 3DG
United Kingdom