On Thursday 30th November, 2017, the School of Law hosted a symposium entitled: ‘Minority Religions under Irish Law: Islam in National and International Context’. The event which was organised by Dr Kathryn O’Sullivan drew both national and international experts to discuss issues surrounding the accommodation or integration of minority religions in Ireland with a specific focus on the ever growing Muslim community.
Visiting national speakers included Professor Neville Cox (TCD), Dr Máire Ní Shúilleabháin (UCD), Dr Claire Hogan (Barrister-at-law) and Dr Edana Richardson (University of Maynooth). An international perspective was provided by Prof. M. Christian Green (Emory University), Prof. Jørgen S. Nielsen (University of Birmingham & University of Copenhagen), Dr Samia Bano (SOAS University of London), Prof. Oliver Scharbrodt (University of Birmingham) and Dr Amin Al-Astewani (University of Lancaster). Dr James Carr (Dept. of Sociology, UL) and Dr Norah Burns (School of Law, UL) chaired sessions focusing on ‘Muslim marriage recognition’ and ‘Religion and the Irish Constitution’ respectively. Papers delivered at the symposium will now go forward towards an edited collection to be published in 2018.
The symposium was kindly sponsored by the School of Law and the International Activity Challenge Fund, University of Limerick.