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Professor Lynn Welchman

MA (Cantab), PhD (London)


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School of Law

LLM and MA Islamic Law Convenor

Centre for Media Studies

Associate Member

Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law (CIMEL)


Centre for Gender Studies


London Middle East Institute (LMEI)


Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies


Centre for Palestine Studies (CPS)


Honour Crimes Project


Professor Lynn Welchman
Email address:
+44 (0)20 7898 4672
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
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Office Hours:
Wednesday 10:00 - 12:00


Programmes Convened
Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Elena Zambelli, 'Mirror on the wall, am I desirable at all?' Sex, pleasures and the market in postcolonial Italy
  • Jinan Bastaki, Displaced and Unrecognized: The Implications of Citizenship on the Palestinian Right of Return
  • Moataz El Fegiery, Islamic Law and International Human Rights in the Thought and Practice of the Society of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
  • Tariq Al-Timimi, (Working title) The Development of the Maqasid Model in the Modern Era and its utility to the application of Islamic law today

Prof Lynn Welchman's Inaugural Lecture: Human Rights and the Middle East - A Thousand and One Stories Starting with Palestine


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Available for
  • TV
  • Radio
  • Press
  • Briefings
  • Special Study Programmes
  • Short Term Consultancy
  • Long Term Consultancy
Regional Expertise
  • Near and Middle East
Country Expertise


Authored Books

Welchman, Lynn (2007) Women and Muslim Family Laws in Arab States. A Comparative Overview of Textual Development and Advocacy. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. (ISIM Series on Contemporary Muslim Societies)

Welchman, Lynn (2000) Beyond the Code: Muslim Family Law and the Shar''i Judiciary in the Palestinian West Bank. Kluwer Law International.

Welchman, Lynn (1999) Islamic Family Law: Text and Practice in Palestine. Women�s Centre for Legal Aid.

Edited Books or Journal Volumes

Hossain, Sara and Welchman, Lynn, eds. (2014) Remedies for Forced Marriage: A Handbook for Lawyers. (Online). Interights.

M, Baderin and M, Monshipouri and S, Mokhtari and L, Welchman, eds. (2006) Islam and Human Rights: Advocacy for Social Change in Local Contexts. Global Media Publications.

Welchman, Lynn and Hossain, Sara, eds. (2005) Honour: Crimes, Paradigms and Violence against Women. Zed Books (London).

Welchman, Lynn, ed. (2004) Women's Rights and Islamic Family Law: perspectives on reform. Zed Press.

Book Chapters

Welchman, Lynn (2015) 'Qiwamah and Wilayah as Legal Postulates in Muslim Family Laws.' In: Mir-Hosseini, Ziba and al-Sharmani, Mulki and Rumminger, Jana, (eds.), Men in Charge? Rethinking Authority in Muslim Legal Tradition. Oneworld , pp. 132-162.

Welchman , Lynn (2012) 'Rocks, hard places and human rights: anti-terrorism law and policy in Arab states.' In: Ramraj, Victor V. and Hor, Michael and Roach, Kent and Williams, George, (eds.), Global Anti-Terrorism Law and Policy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 621-654.

Welchman, Lynn (2012) 'Gulf Women and the Codification of Muslim Family Law.' In: El-Azhary Sonbol, Amira, (ed.), Gulf Women. Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation, pp. 367-406.

Welchman, Lynn (2010) 'Bahrain, Qatar, UAE: First time Family Law Codifications in Three Gulf States.' In: Atkin, Bill, (ed.), International Survey of Family Law 2010 edition. Bristol: Jordan, pp. 163-178.

Welchman, Lynn (2010) 'Women, Family and the Law. The Muslim personal status law debate in Arab states.' In: Hefner, Robert W., (ed.), New Cambridge History of Islam, Vol.6. Cambridge: CUP, pp. 411-437.

Welchman, Lynn (2009) 'Family, Gender and Law in Jordan and Palestine.' In: Cuno, Kenneth M. and Desai, Manisha, (eds.), Family, Gender, and Law in a Globalizing Middle East and South Asia. Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University press, pp. 126-144.

Welchman, Lynn (2005) 'Criminal Law: Overview.' In: Joseph, Suad, (ed.), Encyclopaedia of Women and Islamic Cultures Vol. II: Family, law and politics. Brill, Netherlands, pp. 388-402.

Welchman, Lynn and n/a, (2005) 'Developments on 'crimes of honour' in Jordan.' In: Welchman, Lynn and Hossain, Sara, (eds.), Honour': Crimes, Paradigms and Violence against Women. Zed Books UK, pp. 199-208.

Welchman, Lynn (2005) 'Human Rights: Overview.' In: Joseph, Suad, (ed.), Encyclopaedia of Women and Islamic Cultures Vol. II: Family, law and politics. Brill, Netherlands, pp. 265-268.

Welchman, Lynn (2005) 'Rocks, Hard Places and Human Rights: Anti-Terrorism Law and Policy in Arab States.' In: Ramraj, V. V. and Hor, M. and Roach, K., (eds.), Global Anti-Terrorism Law and Policy. Cambridge University Press, pp. 581-608.

Welchman, Lynn and Hossain, S. (2005) 'Introduction: 'Honour', Rights and Wrongs.' In: Welchman, L. and Hossain, S., (eds.), 'Honour': Crimes, Paradigms, and Violence against Women. Zed Books, pp. 1-21.

Welchman, Lynn (2002) 'Islamic Law: Stuck with the State?' In: Huxley, A, (ed.), Religion, Law and Tradition. RoutledgeCurzon (London), pp. 61-83.

Welchman, Lynn (2000) 'The Middle East Peace Process and the Rule of Law: Irreconcilable Objectives?' In: E, eds and Yamani, M, (eds.), The Rule of Law in the Middle East and the Islamic World. IB Tauris, 51-65,.


Welchman, Lynn (2011) 'Muslim Family Laws and Women's Consent to Marriarge: does the law mean what it says.' SocialDifferenceOnline. Journal of the Center for the Critical Analysis of Social Difference at Columbia University, 1 . pp. 63-79.

Welchman, Lynn (2011) 'A Husband's Authority: Emerging Formulations in Muslim Family Laws.' International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, 25 (1). pp. 1-23.

Welchman, Lynn (2009) 'The Bedouin Judge, the Mufti, and the Chief Islamic Justice: Competing Legal Regimes in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.' Journal of Palestine Studies, 38 (2). pp. 6-23.

Welchman, Lynn (2007) 'Honour and Violence Against Women in a Modern Shar`i Discourse.' Hawwa Journal of Women of the Middle East and the Islamic World, 5 (2-3). pp. 139-165.

Welchman, Lynn (2004) 'Egypt: new deal on divorce.' The International Survey of Family Law . pp. 123-142.

Welchman, Lynn (2004) 'Muslim World Journal of Human Rights.' Muslim World Journal of Human Rights, 1 .

Welchman, Lynn (2004) 'The Role of International Law and Human Rights in Peacemaking and Crafting Durable Solutions for Refugees: Comparative Comment.' Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law, 9 (2002-2003). pp. 88-109.

Welchman, Lynn (2003) 'In the Interim: Civil Society, the shar'i Judiciary and Palestinian Personal Status Law in the Transitional Period.' Islamic Law and Society, 10 (1). pp. 34-69.

Welchman, Lynn (2001) 'Summary Report: CIMEL/INTERIGHTS Roundtable on Crimes of Honour.' Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law, vol. 6 . pp. 439-461.

Welchman, Lynn (2001) 'Jordan: Capacity, Consent and Under-age Marriage in Muslim Family Law.' The International Survey of Family Law, 2001 E . pp. 243-265.

Welchman, Lynn (2000) 'Palestine: Pre-State Positioning on Family Law.' International Survey of Family Law . pp. 289-307.

Conference or Workshop Items

Welchman, Lynn (2005) How does change happen? In: UNSPECIFIED.

Welchman, Lynn (2005) Reframing Islam: Politics into Law. In: Reframing Islam: Politics into Law Conference, Galway. (Unpublished)

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