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The following books and articles are offered as suggestions of source reading about Islam, the form and nature of Islamic law, and divorce and family law issues. They are not being recommended here but offered as examples of relevant literature.

a. On Islam and key debates within Islam

Mohammed Abu Nimer Nonviolence and Peace Building in Islam : Theory and Practice University of Florida Press Gainsville 2003Katherine Bullock Rethinking Muslim Women and the Veil : Challenging Historical and Modern Stereotypes International Institute of Islamic Thought 2nd ed 2007

Presenting a positive and modernist theory of veiling based in part on interviews with Canadian women.

Roxanne L. Euben Enemy in the Mirror : Islamic Fundamentalism and the Limits of Modern Rationalism Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1999

The implications of Islam for political theory and assertions, with particular emphasis on the work of Sayyid Qutb. Ibrahim (editor) Darussalem, Houston, 1996, 1997 (2nd edition)

Simple background reader focusing on Islam and science

Fatima Mernissi Beyond the Veil : Make Female Dynamics in Modern Muslim Society Indiana University Press 1987

Updated version of an older, controversial study that argues that Islam views women as requiring regulation and constraint, and that this is out of step with modernizing trends.

Seyyed Hossein Nasr The Heart of Islam : Enduring Values for Humanity Harper Collins London 1994

Exposition of the foundational values of Islam, and their relationship to Judaism and Christianity. Includes chapters on justice and law, and on human rights.

Sherene Razack Casting Out : The Eviction of Muslims from Western Law and Politics University of Toronto Press 2008

Describing the increasing marginalization of Muslims since 9/11, the application of stereotypical and uninformed thinking and the use of the law to enforce these norms and to constrain and punish Muslims

Malise Ruthven Islam in the World Oxford University Press 1984

Primer on the growth of Islam up to the present day, with a focus on political, social and governance issues for the Islamic world as shaped by Islam.

Ayelet Shachar Multicultural Jurisdictions : Cultural Differences and Womens Rights Cambridge University Press 2001

Analyses the models and the perils of state driven multiculturalism and accommodations and applies these ideas to case studies of family law, among others.

Haroon Siddiqui Being Muslim Groundwood Books Toronto 2006

Excellent primer set in the context of Ontario and 9/11 generally

Rosemary Sookhdeo Secrets Behind the Burqa : Islam Women and the West Issac Publishing Pewsey Wiltshire 2003
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