Sharia in Europe? — In Anticipation of the ECtHR Ruling on the Molla Sali v Greece Case

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October 8, 2018
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
European History / Studies, Government and Public Service, Islamic History / Studies, Law and Legal History, Human Rights


The Governance Programme at the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations is hosting Sharia in Europe? — In Anticipation of the ECtHR Ruling on the Molla Sali v Greece Case on Monday 8 October 2018, 12.30-14.30.


Sharia Law in Europe: A Greek Case Before the ECtHR that May Bring Changes

Konstantinos Tsitselikis, University of Macedonia


Sharia courts in Greece adjudicate cases of family and inheritance law disputes among Muslims of Thrace. This unique case of a semi-state Sharia courts in Europe is often seen as related to discrepancies of procedural character and non-compliance with fundamental human rights principles. One case has reached the European Court of Human Rights (Molla Sali v Greece, Grand Chamber) and the judgment is expected to be announced in December 2018. The case will put to fore a series of issues in relation to the position of Sharia within the European legal order and eventually the limits of legal pluralism in a democratic society.


Greek Mufti System in a Global Perspective: Reform (?) in the Triangle of Thrace, Athens and Strasbourg
Yüksel Sezgin, Syracuse University


Since the case of Molla Sali v. Greece  has made headlines across Western Europe, it has become very clear that there is a widespread ignorance about the Muslim law in Greece. Many commentators have treated the Greek case as an anachronistic exception while forgetting about the fact that Greece is only one of the fifty-three nations in the world where Muslim family laws are currently integrated into national legal systems. Among these fifty-three countries, aside from Greece, there are seventeen other non-Muslim majority nations. In this respect, this presention will place the Greek mufti system in a global perspective along with Muslim family law systems from Israel, India and others while discussing how the current mufti system in Greece compares to the rest of world, and what kind of changes we may accept in the light of recent legislative changes as well as the forthcoming ECtHR ruling.


Konstantinos Tsitselikis, University of Macedonia (applicant on the case)
Yüksel Sezgin, Syracuse University


Remarks from
Marie-Bénédicte Dembour, University of Brighton (on the ECtHR)
Samia Bano, SOAS (on British Muslims)


Gianluca Parolin, AKU-ISMC


Time and Venue
Monday 8 October 2018, 12.30-14.30 
Atrium Conference Room,
Aga Khan Centre, 
10 Handyside Street,
 London N1C 4DN

This event is free but booking is essential: 
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Contact Info: 

Layal Mohammad

Coordinator, Marketing, Communications and Professional Programmes

Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations

The Aga Khan University (International)

Aga Khan Centre, 10 Handyside Street, London N1C 4DN


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