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.
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