The Sociology of Shari’a: Case Studies from around the World

  • Adam Possamai
  • James T Richardson
  • Bryan S. Turner

Part of the Boundaries of Religious Freedom: Regulating Religion in Diverse Societies book series (BOREFRRERE, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Bryan S. Turner, Adam Possamai
    Pages 1-13
  3. Case Studies from Muslim Majority Countries

  4. Case Studies from Muslim Minority Countries

  5. Theoretical and Comparative Considerations

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 315-328

About this book


This edited volume offers a collection of papers that presents a comparative analysis of the development of Shari’a in countries with Muslim minorities, such as America, Australia, China, Germany,  Italy, Singapore, South Africa and the Philippines, as well as countries with Muslim majorities, such as Malaysia, Bangladesh, Turkey, and Tunisia.

The Sociology of Shari’a provides a global analysis of these important legal transformations and  examines the topic from a sociological perspective.

In addition, the third part of the book includes case studies that explore some ground-breaking applications of theoretical perspectives such as those from Chambliss and Eisenstadt.


Islamic Banking Legal Pluralism Personal Law Post-Secularism Religion and Courts Religious Diversity Shari'a Law Shari’a multi-ethnic multi-religion shari'a Family Law sociology of law sociology of religion

Editors and affiliations

  • Adam Possamai
    • 1
  • James T Richardson
    • 2
  • Bryan S. Turner
    • 3
  1. 1.Religion and Society Research CentreUniversity of Western SydneySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Grant Sawyer Center for Justice StudiesUniversity of NevadaRenoUSA
  3. 3.City University of New York The Graduate CenterNew YorkUSA

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