Sovereignty, Legal Pluralism and Shari'a:a Comparison of Greece and Turkey
A talk with:
- Bryan S. Turner (Director of the Committee on Religion, Presidential Professor of Sociology,and founding editor, Journal of Classical Sociology)
- Berna Zengin Arslan (Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Study of Religion Committee, and faculty member, Sociology Department, Bahcesehir University, Istanbul)
Is the unified sovereign state breaking down? Signs are manifested in the growing importance of legal pluralism, the development of flexible forms of citizenship and the porous nature of state boundaries. In post-colonial societies legal pluralism has sometimes given greater recognition to customary or tribal laws suppressed in the process of modernization. The Lausanne Treaty gave Greek Muslims certain rights to maintain Shari'a courts. In Kemalist Turkey the role of the Shari'a was severely restricted, though the rise of the Justice and Development Party may restore Shari'a jurisdiction there. We explore the implications of these two contrasted cases for legal pluralism in Europe.
Wednesday February 9th, 2011 12:30-2:00
Study of Religion Committee Seminar Room 5307 (5th Floor)
CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10016
Free and Open to the public.