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India : legal resources: Religion & law

Freedom of religion

 Anti-Conversion Laws: Challenges to Secularism and Fundamental Rights (2008) 43 Economic and Political Weekly 63-69, 71-73
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40276904 

Religion & Law

India is the birthplace of four major world religions: Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Jainism. There are also significant numbers of Muslims and Christians living in the country. 

You may encounter the term "Anglo-Muhammadan Law" for the system which developed during British colonial rule of India from the eighteenth to the mid twentieth centuries.

Some aspects of religious law are included in the Indian Constitution in the administration of Hindu or Muslim 'personal law', which can be applied in certain contexts such as marriage, divorce or personal property disputes. It is quite a controversial aspect of Indian law as it is not always clear how and when it should be applied.

To further complicate matters, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists currently come under the umbrella of Hindu personal law, but many people are not happy with this situation and there have been campaigns to have these religions administered separately.

Please pay careful attention to the Law Library shelf mark!
If it begins Cw India 510 then you will find the book on Floor 1. If it begins Hindu or Islamic then you will find the book on Floor 3.

"Developments in Hindu Law from the Colonial to the Present"  (2013) 7 Religion Compass 252–262 is available to holders of Oxford SSO via the journal link below.

Islamic Law In India

Hindu Law

Please pay careful attention to the Law Library shelf mark!
If it begins Cw India 510 then you will find the book on Floor 1. If it begins Hindu or Islamic then you will find the book on Floor 3.

"Developments in Hindu Law from the Colonial to the Present"  (2013) 7 Religion Compass 252–262 is available to holders of Oxford SSO via the journal link below.