Kent Law School

Critical perspectives research led teaching


 

About

MA Arabic and Persian, University of Edinburgh; PG Dip Law (CPE) and LPC, BPP Law School, London; LLM in International Human Rights Law, University of London; PhD (Law), University of Kent.

Research:
Suhraiya's broad research interests are in the field of law and religion, equalities, anti-discrimination and human rights law, critical race/religion studies, gender and sexuality and Islamic family law, particularly Muslim feminisms. Her work primarily draws on critical race and religion, post/de-colonial and anti-racist queer theory.

Suhraiya's (2013) monograph 'Interrogating Law's Religion' (Social and Legal Studies Series, Palgrave Macmillan) examines juridical conceptualisations of religion and its relationship with 'race' in child welfare law and faith schools law and policy. Another current research project focuses on convergences of sexuality, religion/culture and the extent to which UK and other national/ global equalities initiatives take into account those complex subjectivities. This work is part of a broader project on Decolonizing Sexualities funded by the AHRC Networking Grant which brings together a transnational network of scholars and civil society activists working across issues of race, religion, sexuality and gender. Suhraiya is the Co-cordinator and Principle Investigator of this project which you can read more about here. The Co-edited collection ‘Decolonizing Sexualities: Transnational Perspectives, Critical Interventions’ is available via open access here.  Suhraiya is also Principal Investigator of a British Academy and Leverhulme funded project exploring gross national happiness and sustainable development in Bhutan and wellbeing policy making in the UK. 


Research interests:
Law and Religion; Anti-discrimination and Human Rights Law; Critical Race/Postcolonial Studies; Gender and Sexuality; Muslim feminisms and Islamic Family law; Critical Happiness Studies; Decolonizing Sexualities.

Research Areas:
Gender and Sexuality, Law, Politics and Culture, Legal Theories and Philosophy

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Publications

Headline Publication

Decolonizing Sexualities

Decolonizing Sexualities: Transnational Perspectives, Critical Interventions

The edited collection is available via open access and in hard copy at http://counterpress.org.uk/publications/decolonizing-sexualities/

 

Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Article
Alessandrini, D. and Jivraj, S. (2017). Conceptualising the Economy-Society nexus in Well-being and Happiness initiatives: Gross National Happiness in Business in Bhutan and Social Impact Bonds in the UK. International Critical Thought.
Alessandrini, D. and Jivraj, S. (2017). Conceptualising the Economy-Society Nexus in Well-being and Happiness Initiatives: GNH in business in Bhutan and Social Impact Bonds in the UK. International Critical Thought.
Alessandrini, D., Jivraj, S. and Zokaityte, A. (2015). Exploring Well-Being and Gross National Happiness in Sustainable Development Policy Making. Indian Journal of International Economic Law [Online] 7:52-88. Available at: https://www.nls.ac.in/resources/ijiel2015.pdf.
Jivraj, S. (2013). Interrogating Religion: Christian/secular values, citizenship and racial upliftment in governmental education policy. International Journal of Law in Context [Online] 9:318-342. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1744552313000165.
Jivraj, S. and de Jong, A. (2011). The Dutch Homo-Emancipation Policy and its Silencing Effects on Queer Muslims. Feminist Legal Studies [Online] 19:143-158. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10691-011-9182-5.
Douglas, S., Jivraj, S. and Lamble, S. (2011). Liabilities of Queer Anti-Racist Critique. Feminist Legal Studies [Online] 19:107-118. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10691-011-9181-6.
Jivraj, S. and Herman, D. (2009). 'It's difficult for a white judge to understand': Orientalism, Racialisation, and Christianity in English child welfare cases. Child & Family Law Quarterly 21:283-308.
Book section
Jivraj, S. (2016). Stopping a Racist MarchActivism Beyond the Incommensurability of (Homo)Sexuality and Religion. in: Jivraj, S., Bakshi, S. and Posocco, S. eds. Decolonizing Sexualities: Trans-national Perspectives, and Critical Interventions. Counter Press. Available at: http://counterpress.org.uk/publications/decolonizing-sexualities/.
Jivraj, S. (2008). Secularism. in: Cane, P. and Conaghan, J. eds. The New Oxford Companion to Law. Oxford University Press, p. .
Jivraj, S. and de Jong, A. (2004). Muslim Moral Instruction on Homosexuality. in: Sears, J. T. ed. Youth, Education, and Sexualities. Greenwood, pp. 574-579.
Book
Jivraj, S. (2013). The Religion of Law: Race, Citizenship and Children's Belonging. Palgrave Macmillan.
Edited book
Jivraj, S., Bakshi, S. and Posocco, S. eds. (2016). Decolonizing Sexualities: Transnational Perspectives, and Critical Interventions. [Online]. Counter Press. Available at: http://counterpress.org.uk/publications/decolonizing-sexualities/.
Research report (external)
Jivraj, S. (2003). Knowing Our Rights: Women, Family, Laws and Customs in the Muslim World. Women Living Under Muslim Laws.
Jivraj, S. and de Jong, A. (2003). A Resource on Sexuality, Gender and Islam. [Online]. Safra Project. Available at: http://www.safraproject.org.
Jivraj, S., de Jong, A. and Tauquir, T. (2002). Report of Initial Findings: Identifying the Difficulties Experienced by Muslim Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Women in Accessing Social and Legal Services. [Online]. Safra Project. Available at: http://www.safraproject.org.
Review
Jivraj, S. (2007). Book Review of 'Politics of Piety; The Islamic revival and the Feminist Subject. Feminist Legal Studies 15:247-249.
Total publications in KAR: 16 [See all in KAR]
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Teaching and Supervision

Teaching:
Module Co-Convenor Public Law 1 (LW588 and LW614). 
Module Convenor Race, Religion and Law (LW623).

Supervision:
Critical race/religion approaches to Law and Religion; Intersectionality and de-colonial perspectives on gender and sexuality; Feminist/reformist perspectives on Islamic law; Epistemologies of the South. 

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Other academic Activities

Professional Societies:
Socio-Legal Studies Association; Society of Legal Scholars

External Funding:
British Academy and Leverhulme Trust, Exploring Wellbeing and Gross National Happiness in Sustainable Development Policy Making. June 2013 - October 2015. £9,208 awarded.

Arts and Humanities Research Council, Research Networking Scheme, Transnational network of scholars and civil society activists working across issues of race, religion, sexuality and gender. September 2012 - March 2014. £22,825 awarded.

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