Minority Religions under Irish Law

Islam in National and International Context


Minority Religions under Irish Law focuses the spotlight specifically on the legal protections afforded in Ireland to minority religions, generally, and to the Muslim community, in particular. Although predominantly focused on the Irish context, the book also boasts contributions from leading international academics, considering questions of broader global importance such as how to create an inclusive environment for minority religions and how to regulate religious tribunals best. Reflecting on issues as diverse as the right to education, marriage recognition, Islamic finance and employment equality, Minority Religions under Irish Law provides a comprehensive and fresh look at the legal space occupied by many rapidly growing minority religions in Ireland, with a special focus on the Muslim community.

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Kathryn O’Sullivan, Ph.D. (2013) is a lecturer at the School of Law, University of Limerick, Ireland. She has published in leading national and international journals including in Legal Studies and in the International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family.
Notes on Contributors
1 Introduction
Kathryn O’Sullivan

Part 1: Accommodating Minority Religions: The International and Irish Context

2 Law, Religion and Religious Minorities: Reflections on International Human Rights Law and Global Trends
M. Christian Green
3 Accommodating Religious Minorities in Ireland: The Constitutional Framework
Eoin Daly

Part 2: Islam and Irish Law: Implications for the Muslim Community in Ireland

4 Muslims in Ireland: History, Demographics and Debates
James Carr
5 The Accommodation of Islam in the Irish Workplace, Classroom and Hospital
Claire Hogan
6 Recognition of Muslim Marriage Ceremonies in Ireland: An Analysis
Susan Leahy and Kathryn O’Sullivan
7 Overseas Marriage and Divorce in Islamic Form: A Critical Perspective on the Development of Irish Private International Law
Máire Ní Shúilleabháin
8 A Comparative Review of the Accommodation of Islamic Finance in Irish Law
Edana Richardson

Part 3: International Perspectives on Sharia Councils: Regulation and Governance

9 The Legal Framework for Regulating Shariah Councils in the UK: A Potential Model for Ireland?
Amin Al-Astewani
10 The Usefulness of the ‘Parity Governance Model’ in Muslim Family Law Debates
Samia Bano

Of interest not just to legal academics, lawyers and law students but also to those involved in religious studies, sociology and integration studies both in Ireland and internationally.
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