Religion and Legal Pluralism

Published in 2015 by Ashgate (and now published by Routledge), Religion and Legal Pluralism forms part of the AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Series

Table of Contents

The impossible compromise, Russell Sandberg.

Part I In Practice:

Religion and the state: recognition, regulation and facilitation Mark Hill QC;

Turbulent priests: how the Church of England disciplines its errant clergy,  Christopher Smith;

Who regulates marriage? The case of religious marriage and divorce,  Gillian Douglas;

Quakers and the campaign for same sex marriage,  Frank Cranmer;

The use of experts in the Roman Catholic canon law of marriage,  Eithne D’Auria;

Religious symbols and the making of contemporary religious identities, Sylvie Bacquet.

Part II Particular Issues:

Quasi-law and religion, David Pocklington;

Legal pluralism, religious conservatism, Amina Hussain;

Internet-based new religious movements and dispute resolution, Beth Singler;

Religious pluralism as a legal principle, Dorota A. Gozdecka.

Part III In Theory:

What do you believe? Taxonomy of a subjective legal pluralism, Amy R. Codling;

Public space, private face: veiling as a challenge for legal reasoning, Celia G. Kenny;

Principles of a pluralist secularism, Margaret Davies;

Religious law as a social system, Russell Sandberg.

Appendix, Russell Sandberg and Frank Cranmer.



“Religious and legal pluralism is a fact of life in contemporary Britain. This collection of essays is an important contribution to debate about the consequences of this.’ Anthony Bradney, Keele University, UK ’Legal pluralism is frequently seen as the best tool to face the challenge raised by increasing religious diversity. The assets and risks of this strategy are carefully and competently assessed in this book through an intelligent mix of theoretical contributions and case-studies.”- Silvio Ferrari, University of Milan, Italy

Religion and Legal Pluralism is a major contribution to our understanding of legal pluralism in general and its specific relevance to questions of religious regulation and exemptions from legal oversight.”Bryan S. Turner, Australian Catholic University in Journal of Church and State, 2017