Islamic Family Law(s) in Finland
Reflections on Freedom of Religion from the Wellbeing Perspective
Keywords:Islamic family law, Finland, Wellbeing, Freedom of religion, Legal pluralism
The right of Finnish Muslim women and men to organize their family practices according to Islamic family law(s) is often framed as an issue of their religious rights as a minority group. We argue that whilst the concept of freedom of religion may be a relevant factor, it is insufficient as an explanatory model, and in some cases, it may not even be the most relevant factor. We argue instead for an approach that locates the meanings and practices of Islamic family laws within Finnish Muslims’ daily pursuits and struggles towards wellbeing, which is theorized as three-dimensional, i.e., material, relational, and ethical. The concept of wellbeing, we contend, enables us to capture the familial, economic, racial, political, and ethical processes through which Finnish Muslims continually and dynamically organize, negotiate, and make sense of their marriage and divorce practices. Our wellbeing-centered approach also highlights the relevance and significance of legal pluralism as a framework that takes us away from simplistic legal centrism and highlights the layered and dynamic normative foundations of legal systems. Our analysis draws on anthropological research on Muslim marriage and divorce practices in Finland in the period from 2013 to 2018.
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