Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Religious Freedom under the Personal Law System$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Farrah Ahmed

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199458066

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199458066.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 22 July 2019



(p.105) 5 Self-respect
Religious Freedom under the Personal Law System

Farrah Ahmed

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the implications of the personal law system for an important precondition of religious autonomy: self-respect, especially respect for one’s own religious identity. It first considered whether the supposed recognition and validation that the personal law system gives religious identities indicates that the system has a positive impact on religious autonomy. It concluded that it did not. Next, it considered whether the system harms religious autonomy because of its discriminatory nature. It concluded that its discriminatory recognition of religious identity and its gender-based discrimination harm religious autonomy. This chapter thus debunks an important potential defence of the personal law system and points out new implications of the discrimination of the system based on religious identity and gender.

Keywords:   self-respect, religious identity, gender-based discrimination, Muslim women, non-recognition

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .