Sharīʿa in Greece :: Part 4 :: Future Prospects for Greece’s Sharīʿa Courts After Molla Sali v. Greece

By Konstantinos Tsitselikis This is the final part of a four-part series of posts will examine thesharīʿa courts in Greece, starting with the establishment of the courts in the 1920s and concluding with suggested avenues for reform of the courts in Greece following the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR)’s 2018 decision in the Molla Sali … Continue reading Sharīʿa in Greece :: Part 4 :: Future Prospects for Greece’s Sharīʿa Courts After Molla Sali v. Greece

Sharīʿa in Greece :: Part 3 :: Substantive Issues in Sharīʿa Courts

By Konstantinos Tsitselikis This is part 3 of a four-part series of posts will examine thesharīʿa courts in Greece, starting with the establishment of the courts in the 1920s and concluding with suggested avenues for reform of the courts in Greece following the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR)’s 2018 decision in the Molla Sali v. … Continue reading Sharīʿa in Greece :: Part 3 :: Substantive Issues in Sharīʿa Courts

Sharīʿa in Greece :: Part 2 :: Procedural Issues in Sharīʿa Courts

By Konstantinos Tsitselikis This is part 2 of a four-part series of posts will examine thesharīʿa courts in Greece, starting with the establishment of the courts in the 1920s and concluding with suggested avenues for reform of the courts in Greece following the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR)’s 2018 decision in the Molla Sali v. … Continue reading Sharīʿa in Greece :: Part 2 :: Procedural Issues in Sharīʿa Courts

Sharīʿa in Greece :: Part 1 :: Between communal autonomy and individual human rights  

By Konstantinos Tsitselikis This is part 1 of a four-part series of posts will examine the sharīʿa courts in Greece, starting with the establishment of the courts in the 1920s and concluding with suggested avenues for reform of the courts in Greece following the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR)’s 2018 decision in the Molla Sali v. … Continue reading Sharīʿa in Greece :: Part 1 :: Between communal autonomy and individual human rights  

Molla Sali v. Greece and Undermining the Autonomy of Greece’s Muslims in Thrace: Equality versus Community

The European Court of Human Rights (“ECtHR”) in its recent Molla Sali v. Greece decision (Dec. 19, 2018) radically undermined the right of Greece’s Thrace Muslim community to preserve its legal autonomy within the structure of the Greek state and the broader European Union. First, the background: Greece’s Muslim population, which resided historically in the … Continue reading Molla Sali v. Greece and Undermining the Autonomy of Greece’s Muslims in Thrace: Equality versus Community

Law & Religion eJournal: Jun 21

This week’s issue of SSRN’s Law & Religion eJournal includes: “Human Rights Issues Arising from the Implementation of Sharia Law on the Minority of Western Thrace" by Nikos Koumoutzis and Christos Papastylianos This article examines the European Court of Human Rights’ decision in Molla Sali v. Greece, which considered for the first time the question … Continue reading Law & Religion eJournal: Jun 21

European Court of Human Rights Rules Against Forcing Greek Muslim Minority to Follow Islamic Law

Last week, the European Court of Human Rights (which examines alleged violations of the 1950 European Convention on Human Rights) handed down its long-anticipated decision in Molla Sali v. Greece, a case about Islamic legal pluralism in Europe and the rights of religious minorities. Stay tuned to the SHARIAsourceBlog for a roundtable discussion on this … Continue reading European Court of Human Rights Rules Against Forcing Greek Muslim Minority to Follow Islamic Law

In the News: Islamic Courts in Greek Thrace

Last month, National Geographic published a photo essay on a Muslim minority community (known as Pomaks) who live in northeastern Greece, in a small, remote region called Western Thrace. What makes this region unique is that it is the only place in the European Union that has Islamic courts that are recognized by the national … Continue reading In the News: Islamic Courts in Greek Thrace

The Treatment of Women: Applying Islamic Law in Greek Thrace

Greek expert Ilker Tsavousoglou (Ghent University) examines developments in Western Thrace, in Greece, to illustrate the complexities of modern legal pluralism where secular states have some jurisdiction for Islamic law. Greece recognizes an Islamic law jurisdiction in Thrace, whereby it accords muftī tribunals – muftīs being expert jurists who typically give advisory opinions in Islamic law – the authority to oversee and enforce Islamic law in the region. To some observers, this … Continue reading The Treatment of Women: Applying Islamic Law in Greek Thrace