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URL:Understanding Religion and Law

1 July 2016 - 31 July 2017

PI/s in Exeter: Professor Robert Gleave

Funding awarded: £ 19,345

Sponsor(s): GW4 Accelerator Fund

Project webpage(s)

URL:Understanding Religion and Law

About the research

Muftis, Fatwas and Muslims in the UK - A Study of Islamic Legal Advice

This project seeks to analyse the processes of providing Islam legal advice—known as iftā’—in a specifically British context.

Three issues are of principle concern:

(i) the study of the content of questions and answers given in Islamic legal verdicts (fatwas) to a British audience;

(ii) the educational path of students training to become Muftis (those qualified to give religious legal advice) in Britain;

(iii) the role and authority of the Mufti with respect to the members of the community seeking legal advice.

The current project is supported by a GW4 Accelerator Fund (after the successful competition of the GW4 Initiator Fund: Understanding Religion and Law) between the University of Exeter, the University of Bristol and Cardiff University.

Please visit the project website for further information.