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Gender, Religion, and Family Law
Theorizing Conflicts between Women’s Rights and Cultural Traditions
Lisa Fishbayn Joffe, ed.; Sylvia Neil, ed.



Brandeis Series on Gender, Culture, Religion, and Law

Brandeis University Press
2012 • 344 pp. 6 x 9"
Women's Studies / International Law

$40.00 Paperback, 978-1-61168-326-4
$85.00 Hardcover, 978-1-61168-325-7

$39.99 Ebook, 978-1-61168-327-1

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Groundbreaking theoretical and legal approaches to resolving conflicts between gender equality and cultural practices

In many regions of the world, rights guaranteed under the civil law, including rights to gender equality within marriage and rights in the distribution of family property and child custody upon divorce, are in conflict with the principles of religious law. Women’s rights issues are often at the heart of these tensions, which present pressing challenges for theorists, lawyers, and policymakers.
This anthology brings together leading scholars and activists doing innovative work in Jewish law, Muslim law, Christian law, and African customary law. Using examples drawn from a variety of nations and religions, they interrogate the utility of recent theoretical models for engaging with gender and multicultural conflicts, explore contextual differences, and analyze and celebrate stories of successful initiatives that have transformed legal and cultural norms to improve women’s lives.

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Endorsements:

“A major contribution to the study of the global dimensions of the conflict between women’s rights and cultural traditions. Highly recommended to anyone interested in a deeper understanding of the theories pertaining to this multifaceted conflict as well as the individual, comparative and interdisciplinary dimensions of such conflict.”—Pnina Lahav, Boston University

“A pioneering book on the conflict between women’s rights and religious practices—in both theory and practice—with path-breaking and brilliant essays by Lisa Fishbayn, Martha Minow, Ayelet Schar, and Pascale Fournier. The exciting reports of worldwide case studies include the groundbreaking initiatives of the pioneering lawyer-activist Susan Weiss on Jewish divorce law (in Israel), and fascinating chronicles of challenges in dealing with Islamic and customary African law. The result is a highly original and very exciting landmark book. It is destined to become the classic work in this newly emerging field.”—Lenore J. Weitzman, author of The Divorce Revolution: The Social and Economic Consequences for Women and Children in America



LISA FISHBAYN JOFFE is director of the Project on Gender, Culture, Religion and the Law at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute of Brandeis University. SYLVIA NEIL is a lecturer in law at University of Chicago Law School, where she teaches courses on religion, law, and politics.






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