Dr Amin Al-Astewani

Lecturer in Law


Dr Al-Astewani focuses on the role played by religious tribunals in Western legal systems. Over the past few years, he has led cutting-edge research on a novel type of religious tribunal in the UK, namely Islamic Shariah tribunals. After conducting fieldwork research at four of the most prominent of these tribunals, Dr Al-Astewani submitted written evidence to Parliament on the legal status of their decisions and practices, as part of the government’s first public review of Shariah councils in the UK. His evidence was subsequently cited by over twenty media outlets, including internationally. As part of his engagement with communal organisations and bodies, Dr Al-Astewani has also advised the UK Board of Shariah Councils on the legal status of Islamic Tribunals. He continues to offer his expertise and advice to both policy-makers and Shariah councils on the legal status and role of Islamic tribunals in the modern English legal system.

To Open or Close? COVID-19, Mosques and the Role of Religious Authority within the British Muslim Community: A Socio-Legal Analysis
Al-Astewani, A. 24/12/2020 In: Religions. 12, 1, 26 p.
Journal article

Arbitration as a Legal Solution for Relationship Breakdown in the Muslim Community: The Case of the Muslim Arbitration Tribunal
Al-Astewani, A. 17/07/2020 In: Cohabitation and Religious Marriage . Bristol : Bristol University Press p. 129-142. 14 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Book Review 3: Islamic Law: Cases, Authorities and World View, written by Ahmed Atif Ahmed, 2017
Al-Astewani, A. 11/07/2019 In: Asian Yearbook of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. 3, 3 p.
Book/Film/Article review

Loci of Leadership: The Quasi-Judicial Authority of Shariah Tribunals in the British Muslim Community
Al-Astewani, A. 27/06/2019 In: Religions. 10, 7, 13 p.
Journal article

The legal framework for regulating Shariah Councils in the UK?: a potential model for Ireland
Al-Astewani, A. 27/06/2019 In: Minority Religions under Irish Law. Brill p. 193-216. 24 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

English Responses to Shariah Tribunals: A Critical Assessment of Populist Attitudes towards Islamic Law
Al-Astewani, A. 18/01/2019 In: Critical Policy Studies. 21 p.
Journal article

Reflections on the Rise and Fall of the Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) Bill
Al-Astewani, A. 1/10/2017 In: Public Law. 2017, 4, p. 544-552. 9 p.
Journal article

Accommodating Muslims Under Common Law
Al-Astewani, A. 1/06/2017 In: Law and Justice. 178
Book/Film/Article review

Dr Amin Al-Astewani Submission of Written Evidence, Home Affairs Select Committee Shariah Councils Inquiry
Al-Astewani, A. 19/10/2016 House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee .
Commissioned report

M’Bala M’Bala v France
Al-Astewani, A. 2016 In: European Human Rights Law Review. 1
Book/Film/Article review

Religion and Legal Pluralism
Al-Astewani, A. 2016 In: Journal of Law Religion and State. 4, 2, 5 p.
Book/Film/Article review

Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenge and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet’s Legacy
Al-Astewani, A. 2015 In: Law and Justice. 175
Book/Film/Article review

Power v Greater Manchester Police Authority
Al-Astewani, A. 10/2014 In: University of Manchester Review of Law Crime and Ethics. 3
Book/Film/Article review