British Islam and English Law

This project aims to place the fraught relationship between English law and British Islam on a more principled and practical footing. The theoretical aspect of the research analyses the two most influential models for regulating religion – liberal individualism and multiculturalism – and finds them wanting in important ways across various sectors affected by the growth of Islam. It argues instead for a pluralist approach towards the key institutions affected by the growth of British Islam – banks, charities, schools, elections, the family – as a means for reducing tensions and improving the regulatory structure applicable to religions more generally.

The project is conducted by Dr Patrick Nash, Research Fellow at the Woolf Institute, and he is working on the book, British Islam and English Law, for the 'Law in Context' Series (Cambridge University Press).

Talks and Presentations

8 November 2018. 'Regulating Islam: Strategic Review of English Civil Law' (Woolf Institute Research Day)


27 November 2018: How, if at all, should a national legal system adapt to religious pluralism in relation to marriage?