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Dr Samia Bano

Samia Bano BA (Oxford Brookes) MA (Greenwich) PhD (Warwick)


Samia Bano
School of Law

Undergraduate Admissions Tutor (UK)

SOAS South Asia Institute

Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute

Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law (CIMEL)


Centre for Ottoman Studies


Dr Samia Bano
Email address:
+44 (0)20 7898 4668
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
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Office Hours:
Thursday 11:00-13:00


Samia joined SOAS as a Senior Lecturer in Law in September 2013. Prior to this appointment Samia taught at the University of Reading (2006-2013) in Family Law, Gender and Law (LLB) and Research Methods in Law (LLM) where she was also appointed deputy director of research.  Samia’s research interests include the practice of Muslim family law in the UK and Europe, multiculturalism, citizenship, Islamic jurisprudence and human rights and issues concerning the rights of Muslim women and gender equality. She has published widely in this field and is author of Muslim women and Shariah Councils: Transcending the boundaries of Community and Law (Palgrave MacMillan December 2012) and has recently completed a research project for the Ministry of Justice entitled, ‘An exploratory study of Shariah Councils in England with respect to family law’ (2013). Samia has also worked as a researcher on a number of social and policy projects and acted as an advisor for a number of working groups. She is an editorial board member and the book reviews editor for the feminist journal Feminist Legal Studies and is currently completing her second book monograph entitled, Muslim Religious Arbitration and Civil Law in Britain. Her new research project is investigating the rise of Muslim legal services and the practice of Muslim Marriage in the UK.


Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Anisha Thomas, Understanding socio-cultural contexts surrounding rape trials in India. (Lead Supervisor)
Research Courses Taught
  • Research Methods in Law


Muslim Family Law in UK and Europe, Family Law, Multiculturalism, Citizenship, Islamic jurisprudence and human rights, Feminist and Critical Social and Political theories; Issues concerning the rights of Muslim women and gender equality.


Authored Books

Bano, Samia (2012) Muslim Women and Shari'ah Councils, Transcending the Boundaries of Community and Law. London: Palgrave MacMillan.

Edited Books or Journal Volumes

Bano, Samia and Pierce, Jennifer, eds. (2013) Personal Narratives, Social Justice and the Law. Feminist Legal Studies Volume 21, Issue 3. Springer.

Book Chapters

Bano, Samia (2013) 'In the Name of God? Religion and Feminist Legal Theory.' In: Davies, Margaret and Munro, Vanessa, (eds.), The Ashgate Research Companion to Feminist Legal Theory. England: Ashgate Publishing, pp. 157-177.

Bano, Samia (2012) 'Muslim Women, Divorce and Shariah Councils in Britain.' In: Mehdi , R and Neilsen, J. S and Menski, W, (eds.), Interpreting Divorce Laws in Islam. Denmark: Djoef Publishing.


Bano, Samia and Pierce, Jennifer, L. (2013) 'Personal Narrative, Social Justice and the Law: An Introduction.' Feminist Legal Studies, 21 (3). pp. 225-239.

Bano, Samia (2010) 'Multicultural Interlegality? Negotiating Family law in the context of Muslim legal pluralism in Britain.' Current Legal Issues , 12 (3). pp. 125-142.

Bano, Samia (2008) 'In pursuit of Religious and Legal Diversity: A Response to the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Sharia Debate in Britain.' Ecclesiastical Law Journal , 10 (3). pp. 268-309.

Bano, Samia (2007) 'Islamic Family Arbitration, Justice and Human Rights in Britain.' Journal of Law, Social Justice and Global Development, 10 (1). pp. 2-26.

Bano, Samia (2007) 'Muslim Family Justice and Human Rights: The Experience of British Muslim Women.' Journal of Comparative Law, 1 (4). pp. 1-29.

Bano, Samia (2000) 'Legal Pluralism and Muslim Family Law in Britain.' Journal of South Pacific law, 4 (6). pp. 1-32.

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