Singapore and Australia were colonised by Britain two centuries ago, thereby becoming inheritors of the common law legal system with its attending institutions, methodology and principles. Yet, despite this common legal heritage and a government-endorsed policy of multiculturalism, only Singapore has adopted and endorsed a form of formal legal pluralism. This chapter provides a theoretical and practical analysis of these two distinctive approaches.
Ann Black, Hossein Esmaeili and Nadirsyah Hosen
This well-informed book explains, reflects on and analyses Islamic law, not only in the classical legal tradition of Sharia, but also its modern, contemporary context. The book explores the role of Islamic law in secular Western nations and reflects on the legal system of Islam in its classical context as applied in its traditional homeland of the Middle East and also in South East Asia. Written by three leading scholars from three different backgrounds: a Muslim in the Sunni tradition, a Muslim in the Shia tradition, and a non-Muslim woman – the book is not only unique, but also enriched by differing insights into Islamic law.