Islamic Religious Court of Justice (Shariah Council) and

Alexandre Enkerli (alexandre.enkerli@IMM.UNIL.CH)
Fri, 28 Oct 1994 10:28:08 +0100

I'm forwarding this for a friend who doesn't have Internet access yet.
He is interested in getting any information on those subjects.
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Thanks in advance for your help

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Re Islamic Religious Court of Justice (Shariah Council) and Rabbinical
Court (Beth Din)

Professor of Law from the Province of Quebec looking for (within the
context of a personal project, together with the Quebec Ministry of
Cultural Communities) information on religious courts, specifically
Islamic courts (Shariah Council) and Rabbinical courts (Beth Din) in the
Western countries.

Canada, France, United States, Great Britain, Holland, Belgium,
Australia, New-Zealand, and any other Western country.
(For ex. we have heard that the Britain's Islamic Shariah Council has
been created approximately two years ago.)

1. Implementation of the Islamic tribunal
1.1 Reaction in the various countries : how was it perceived by the
public opinion?
1.2 How was the idea of the existence of such a special court
or council accepted?
1.3 If the implementation of such a tribunal was not authorized,
what were the reasons invoked for the refusal?
1.4 Point of view, reaction of the legal community?
1.5 If implementation has been permitted, what were the reasons
1.6 What were the needs or objectives of the Islamic community that
prompted or required the creation of such a court?
1.7 Point of view, reaction of the legal community?
1.8 Interaction with the legal system of the country: existing or not?
1.9 Any other information related to the subject.

2. Functioning of the existing Islamic courts or councils
2.1 Existing since when?
2.2 Structure and organization of the Council
2.3 Location or distribution of the council
(One per country? One per large city?)
2.4 Nature of problems submitted, or questions debated
2.5 Number of cases heard (since creation, or per year)
2.6 Usual waiting time before the hearing
2.7 Number of hearings necessary before the judgment is rendered
2.8 Usual waiting time before the judgment is rendered
2.9 Associated costs
2.10 Scope or weight of the decisions rendered
(Moral commitment only or more constraining?)
2.11 Type of intervention
(Is the Council only a mediator between the parties involved
or does it have the power to make a ruling?)
2.12 Any other information related to the subject.

3. Rabbinical Court.
All preceding questions applied to the Rabbinical Court.

Alexandre Enkerli (Unil-LAIP Lausanne) ___________ (UdeM Dept. d'Anthropologie Montreal) ____ ____
"Doue d'une naivete permanente, il vivait plus que les autres."
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Boris Vian /Une penible histoire/ in _Le loup-garou_ (1970:126) __ o o __