Research Handbook on Islamic Law and Society
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Research Handbook on Islamic Law and Society

Edited by Nadirsyah Hosen

The Research Handbook on Islamic Law and Society provides an examination of the role of Islamic law as it applies in Muslim and non-Muslim societies through legislation, fatwa, court cases, sermons, media, or scholarly debate. It illuminates the intersection of social, political, economic and cultural factors that inform Islamic Law across a number of jurisdictions. Chapters evaluate when and how actors and institutions have turned to Islamic law to address problems faced by societies in Muslim and, in some cases, Western states.
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Chapter 17: Progressive Islam in Europe: a critical analysis of the unique nature of Bosnia and Hercegovina’s Islamic practice

Richard Burgess


This chapter evaluates the practices of Islam in Bosnia and Hercegovina. It argues that Islam is both compatible and sustainable within a Christian and laic Europe. As a result, the chapter reveals that there are national communities where (among other things) the social participation of women is expected and inter-faith dialogue is endorsed. While domestically serious tensions regarding national identity remain, this chapter takes the view that the Bosnian model rests as an example as to how the faith may be practised throughout Europe.

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