Gender, Religion, and Family Law: Theorizing Conflicts between Women’s Rights and Cultural Traditions
Edited by Lisa Fishbayn Joffe and Sylvia Neil
A major contribution to the study of the global dimensions of the conflict between women’s rights and cultural traditions. Highly recommended to anyone interested in a deeper understanding of the theories pertaining to this multifaceted conflict as well as the individual, comparative and interdisciplinary dimensions of such conflict.
—Pnina Lahav, Boston University
A pioneering book on the conflict between women’s rights and religious practices — in both theory and practice — with path-breaking and brilliant essays by Lisa Fishbayn, Martha Minow, Ayelet Schar and Pascale Fournier. The exciting reports of worldwide case studies include the groundbreaking initiatives of the pioneering lawyer-activist Susan Weiss on Jewish divorce law (in Israel), and fascinating chronicles of challenges in dealing with Islamic and customary African law. The result is a highly original and very exciting landmark book. It is destined to become the classic work in this newly emerging field.
—Lenore J. Weitzman, author of “The Divorce Revolution: The Social and Economic Consequences for Women and Children in America
LISA FISHBAYN JOFFE is director of the Project on Gender, Culture, Religion and the Law at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute of Brandeis University. SYLVIA NEIL is a lecturer in law at University of Chicago Law School, where she teaches courses on religion, law, and politics.