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Women and Shari'a Law: The Impact of Legal Pluralism in the UK (Library of Islamic Law) Paperback – 30 May 2016
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'This is an important book for our times.Manea eloquently makes a politically incorrect and absolutely necessary Arabo-Muslim case for the universality of human rights. She reminds us that the concept of universality is anything but abstract and has significant consequences in the lives of women and men.' --Karima Bennoune, UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights
'An incendiary attack on the tenets of legal pluralism by an Arab Muslim woman who writes as an uncompromising advocate of secular universalism, this study could hardly be more timely.' - Ann E. Mayer, Associate Professor Emerita of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; 'An honest, theoretically clear book with a strong narrative based on best case law tradition.' --Adrian Loretan, Professor of canon law and ecclesiastical law; Co-director of the Center for Comparative Constitutional Law and Religion, University of Lucerne;
'This book must find its way to every lawyer, activist, feminist and those concerned with a defence of the universality of human rights' --Yasmin Rehman
About the Author
Elham Manea is Associate Professor in the Political Science Institute at the University of Zurich. She is a Fulbright scholar and consultant for Swiss government agencies and international human rights organizations. She is the author of The Arab State and Womens Rights: The Trap of Authoritarian Governance (2011), Regional Politics in the Gulf: Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen (2005) and Political Parties and Organizations in Yemen, 1948-1993 (1994). She has recently been appointed by the Swiss Federal Council as a Member of the Federal Commission for Womens Affairs.
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It is a fierce attack on legal pluralism. The author is a staunch advocate of secular universalism. The flood of Muslim migrants into Europe can only aggravate existing problems. Manea criticises also British multiculturalism. The book is a very timely account about how Islamic movements increase their political domination by setting up plural legal systems and Sharia laws. The author attacks demands by essentialists by examining its practice and consequences. The essentialist paradigm gets a well deserved battering.
The book is the culmination of 4 years of research. It stems from an article written by a social anthropology Professor at Freigburg University. The article on multicultural society received widespread coverage in the media. It recommended Sharia courts for Switzerland and special laws for Muslims. Manea was alarmed for she knew what these proposals would mean if they were ever implemented. So she published a reply the following week in the same Sunday newspaper. A debate ensued. This led to her deciding to dig deeper into the issue.
The book is hence a strong critique of an all too common Western academic post colonial and post-modernist discourse. This argues that people should be treated as homogeneous groups with special laws. Manea says that such views underestimate the human rights consequences. She is right for the evidence available supports her. She also believes that these Western academic views play into the hands of Islamists who claim to be the sole entity speaking for Muslims. They argue that human rights are are a Western construct. They therefore violate human rights with impunity. The author argues convincingly that Western academics fail to see the totalitarian aspects within the ideology of Islamism. the introduction of Islamic Law in Britain has, in her opinion, been a disaster.
Manea reproduces a paragraph from Professor Giordano's article. It is provocative but makes clear his view that a legal shift was overdue in Switzerland. Assimilation, he argues, is not the answer. Manea, using examples, demonstrates the dangers of what is being proposed. These raise profoundly disturbing questions regarding, for example, marriage and divorce. A women's rights and equality melt away under them. Again and again, Manea emphasises the consequences of the professor's proposals, particularly for poor women with no education. The consequences are truly frightening, women are reduced to mere chattels.
This book ought to be compulsory reading in our schools. It needs to be openly debated and analysed. To allow politically correct stances to avoid so doing is criminal. Tens of thousands of women in the Arab world are suffering daily the subordinate life of second class citizens. For any liberal democrat it is unacceptable.