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 13: Halal and other codes: can religion, science and ethics guide legal regulation?

Richard Mohr


This chapter questions whether halal certificates, along with science and ethics, could together provide legal guides for consumers. It outlines that religious requirements may be regulated by a religious council, and food safety is monitored by government and industry bodies, while consumer and animal rights organisations may be involved in demands for particular standards and the reliability of various claims for food. Using a case study in Sydney (Australia), the chapter argues that there is continuous negotiation between government, industry, religious or ethical bodies and consumer advocates over labelling and other regulations.

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