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Uniform Civil Code for IndiaProposed Blueprint for Scholarly Discourse$
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Shimon Shetreet and Hiram E. Chodosh

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198077121

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077121.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction*
Uniform Civil Code for India

Shimon Shetreet

Hiram E. Chodosh

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces the issue presented by the absence of a uniform civil code in India. It explores three democratic models of church-state relations and analyzes three model countries- Nepal, Turkey, and Israel, drawing a comparing the law and practice of these countries to India. The book proposes a series of guidelines and considerations to inform this process. The first guideline urges that the process of preparing and implementing a Uniform Civil Code should be the function of the Legislature. The second guideline suggests the parallel application of civil and religious law. The third guideline advises a gradual application of a Uniform Civil Code. The development of the code should be done topic by topic, chapter by chapter. The fourth guideline is to deploy tools of mediation in both the formation of the code and its implementation.

Keywords:   church-state relations, minority culture recognition, cultural rights in the EU, Muslim law, country study: Nepal, country study: Turkey, countrystudy: Israel, proposed guidelines for India

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