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Cohabitation and Religious MarriageStatus, Similarities and Solutions$

Rajnaara Akhtar, Patrick Nash, and Rebecca Probert

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529210835

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529210835.001.0001

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Cohabitation and Religious Marriage

Rajnaara C. Akhtar

Patrick Nash

Rebecca Probert

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  • Rajnaara C. Akhtar is Senior Lecturer at Leicester De Montfort University Law School and Visiting Scholar in Residence at Georgetown University in Qatar. Her research interests focus on marriage formalities and unregistered religious-only marriages. Her research into informal marriages looks at transitional relationship norms, legal consequences and law reform. She has conducted extensive empirical fieldwork on this area in the UK, Qatar and Australia. She received her PhD from the University of Warwick in 2013.

  • Amin Al-Astewani is Lecturer at Lancaster Law School. His research focuses on the role played by religious tribunals in western legal systems and he has conducted empirical research in this area. He submitted written evidence to Parliament as part of the government’s first public review of Sharia Councils in the UK. As part of his engagement with community organizations and bodies, he has also advised the UK Board of Sharia Councils on the legal status of religious tribunals. He continues to offer his expertise and advice to both policy makers and Sharia Councils on the legal status and role of Islamic tribunals in the English legal system. (p.x)

  • Anne Barlow is Professor of Family Law and Policy at the University of Exeter Law School, which she joined in 2004 from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, having previously practised as a solicitor in London. She is a Law with French graduate of Sussex University and has also studied at the College of Law, London and the University of Strasbourg. She has a particular interest in family law and policy, especially the regulation of adult relationships such as cohabitation and marriage, but has also taught and researched in the areas of comparative law, housing law and welfare law and policy.

  • Joanna Miles is Reader in Family Law and Policy at the University of Cambridge. She has been a Fellow of Trinity College since 1999 and was appointed University Lecturer in 2007 following a two-year secondment as a team lawyer to the Law Commission for England and Wales working on its Cohabitation project between 2005 and 2007. She was appointed Senior Lecturer in October 2011 and then Reader from October 2017.

  • Zainab Naqvi completed her LLB (Law and French) at Coventry University in 2012 and was awarded her Masters degree from the University of Birmingham Law School in 2013. She continued at Birmingham as an ESRC DTC Doctoral Researcher. She was appointed Lecturer in Law at Coventry University in 2017 and then moved to Leicester De Montfort University Law School as Senior Lecturer in January 2020. Her research interests are in family law and socio-legal theory, with a particular focus on legal responses to relationships and marriages in the UK.

  • Patrick Nash (LLB, MSc, PhD, FHEA, BPTC) completed his ESRC-funded doctoral thesis in 2016 at the University of Bristol on the question ‘How Should English Law Relate to Islam?’ He taught jurisprudence, public law, criminal law, tort law and family law at Bristol Law School and Newcastle Law School before joining the Woolf Institute in Cambridge as a Research Fellow in October 2018. He concurrently took up a BPTC scholarship and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2019 (Lincoln’s Inn). He was admitted to St Edmund’s College at the University of Cambridge as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in October 2019.

  • Rehana Parveen received her PhD from the University of Birmingham and is currently a Lecturer there. Her research focuses on the area of Islamic/Sharia law and its positioning in English law, particularly with regard to matrimonial and family (p.xi) disputes which are resolved through Sharia-based tribunals or Sharia Councils. She is a former solicitor and former senior tutor at The University of Law, teaching on the GDL, LPC and BPTC courses.

  • Rebecca Probert is Professor of Law at Exeter University Law School, which she joined in April 2017. She has a particular interest in family law and legal history. She has written on all aspects of modern family law although her main research interests lie in the overlapping areas of marriage, cohabitation, bigamy and divorce.

  • Islam Uddin completed his PhD at Middlesex University on the topic of ‘Muslim Family Law: British-Bangladeshi Muslim Women and Divorce in the UK’. He also received a Masters degree in Islamic Studies from Middlesex University. He is an Imam and a lecturer, teaching classical and contemporary Islamic law. He regularly delivers sermons and lectures to mosques, colleges, universities and other community organizations throughout the UK.

  • Vishal Vora (PhD) is a Research Fellow at the Department of Law and Anthropology, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle (Saale), Germany. His current research focuses on the maturing British Hindu community, examining the relationship between religion and state, in particular the community search for its identity in multicultural Britain.