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Dr Federica Sona

MA ICLS (SOAS), Law Degree (Turin, Italy), PhD (SOAS)


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Dr Federica Sona
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Thesis title:
In the Shadow of uniformity: Islamic and Muslim marriages in contemporary Europe.
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PhD Research

International Law, Comparative Law, Family Law, Islamic Law, Canon Law, Ethnic Minorities Law and their interactions with societies and religions.

PhD Publications

  • ‘Defending the family treasure-chest: Navigating Muslim families and secured positivistic islands of European legal systems’, in Religare Book Series (http://www.religareproject.eu/), (forthcoming).
  • Extract from the Law degree dissertation ‘Il diritto di famiglia in Egitto dopo le riforme di cui alla L.2000 n°1’ (Egyptian Family law reform after the enactment of the Law 2000 No.1), published in Langella, Rigel (ed.) [2006]: Stefano Borgia. Uomo dalle idee nuove. III Quaderno Centro Internazionale di Studi Borgiani. Velletri (Roma): Edizioni tra 8&9, pp.123-30.
  • 'Polygamy in Britain' in Osservatorio delle Libertà ed Istituzioni Religiose, luglio 2005. (Sona_Polygamy_in_Britain.pdf)

PhD Conferences

Conference paper Defending the family chest: Navigating Muslim families and secured positivistic islands of European legal systems, given at the conference on “Legal Practice and Accommodation in Multicultural Europe”, (June 2010, 3 – 4), Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Oñati (Spain).

Workshop paper Muslims getting married in Italy and in the UK: Rites and rights, given at the workshop “The Place of Religion in Family Law”, (March 2010, 12), School of Law, University of Glasgow, Glasgow (UK).

Round Table discussion “How do family law courts deal with religious consent orders and mediated agreements?”, (May 2009, 18), Lawyers’ Secular Society (LSS) in collaboration with Southall Black Sisters, at the Chambers of David Barnard, London (UK).

Lecture on Islamic family law in Islamic traditions and in immigration routes, (April 2009, 9), Università del Piemonte Orientale “Amedeo Avogadro”, Facoltà di Giurisprudenza, in collaboration with the Interreligious Studies Academy (ISA), Alessandria (Italy).

Conference paper Temples and mosaics. Restructured post-secular religions and European Muslim tessellated identities, given at “The Collective Context of Islamic Identities: Intersections between Community, Religion and Gender”, (April 2009, 6 – 7), Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge (UK).

Seminar paper Families and individuals facing religions in Europe: New marriages and divorces, (January 2009, 14), School of Laws Seminars, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, London (UK).

Conference paper Identity and otherness in a re-Oriented Eurocentrism. Is Islam the “other” or are we all new Europeans? given at the 2008 Research committee on sociology of Law (RCSL) annual meeting, “Law and the justice in the risk society”, (July 2008, 9 - 12), University of Milano and University of Como (Italy).

Conference paper Muslim migrants in Europe: Identities at the crossroads given at the eleventh International Association for Studies in Forced Migration (IASFM) conference “Refugee and Forced Migrants at the cross Roads”, (January 2008, 6 - 10), International Association for the Study of Forced Migration and Forced Migration (IASFM) and Refugee Studies Program of the American University in Cairo, Cairo (Egypt).

Conference paper A home for our own. The reassertion of religious-ethnical identity in European diaspora Islamic communities, given at the Centre for Research on the European Matrix (CRONEM) Annual Conference “Nationalism and National identities: Multidisciplinary Perspectives”, (June 2007, 12 - 13), University of Surrey, Centre for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism, London (UK).

Lecture on the effects of globalisation on Muslim families in Europe, (August 2006, 27 - September, 2), International Summer School in Law and Religion, Siena (Italy).

Seminar concerning legislation, safety, religious pluralism and immigration, MA course Ecclesiastic Law, (May 2006, 9  - 11), University of Piemonte Orientale Amedeo Avogadro, Alessandria (Italy).

Conference paper Muslim families in Europe: Integration or assimilation? given at the Fifth Marie-Curie Conference “The European and National Management of Immigrants. Exclusion and Integration”, of the series “From Immigration Politics to Migration Management Changes in Migration Governance”, (March 2006, 9 - 12), Bled (Slovenia).


Federica has been the researcher responsible for the London area in the enquiry commissioned by the Ministry of Justice, A study of Sharia Councils in relation to family law matters in England and Wales, Ministry of Justice, London (UK).


Law & Religion, Law & Society, Islamic and Muslim Law, Comparative Law, Private International Law, Immigration Law, Family Law.