SOAS University of London

Sam Bano

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.