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Encounters - An International Journal for the Study of Culture and Society

Encounters, an International Journal for the Study of Culture and Society invites papers that deal with the intersection between Islamic law and society particularly as it pertains to such issues as: the status of women and/or family law, property rights, land tenure, criminal law, finance/economy, and inter-faith relations. Papers from all periods of history and all disciplines are welcome, as are papers that examine the impact of Islamic law in western contexts. Encounters will be peer-reviewed and published biannually.

Questions that are of particular interest include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • How is the law a 'living law'? To what extent have legal thinkers integrated custom into the lawmaking process?
  • To what extent has the law provided an arena for individuals of different religions to negotiate and/or settle their disputes?
  • What sort of relationship has existed between the various schools of law and have legal thinkers drawn upon schools of law other than their own in formulating laws?
  • To what extent have Western legal systems accommodated Islamic law? What impact has this had onnotions of citizenship and minority rights?
  • How have state law/secular law and shari'a overlapped and/or informed one another in the lawmaking process? How has this relationship evolved over time?
Submission Guidelines:
  • Please submit your paper (6,000 to 10,000) in MS Word format to by 1st July, 2012.
  • Submissions should include a cover letter to the editor describing the work in approximately one hundred words.

Dr. Sabrina Joseph

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