Dr Rehana Parveen

Dr Rehana Parveen

Birmingham Law School

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Birmingham Law School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Rehana Parveen is a former solicitor and former senior tutor at The  University of Law, having taught  on the GDL,  LPC and BPTC courses. Rehana is currently a Teaching Fellow and Phd student of the University of Birmingham. Her research project is in the area of Islamic/Shariah law and its place in English law, particularly with regards to matrimonial and family disputes which are resolved through shariah based tribunals or shariah councils. 



  • LLB (Law)
  • LLM (Islamic Law) SOAS


Rehana  qualified as a solicitor in 1995 and has worked in both Birmingham and London. As a solicitor Rehana specialised in family law, criminal law and general litigation. In 1999 Rehana  became a partner in her own firm which she set up with another solicitor, in Tooting, London. Rehana continued to work as a partner until 2002, when she joined The University of Law teaching on a range of courses including the GDL, LPC and BPTC and also teaching a range of skills such as advocacy, client interviewing and drafting of court documents. Rehana joined the University of Birmingham in 2012 and is currently employed as a Lecturer.


  • Equity and Trusts (LLB)
  • Family Law 1: Adult Relationships


Rehana is currently researching the issue of plurality of laws with particular interest in the role and place of Islamic Shariah law within English law. Rehana is examining the use of Shariah based mediation and arbitration tribunals by Muslims living in the UK, as an alternative or as an addition to English civil law,   when it comes to matrimonial and family disputes. Particular emphasis will be placed on researching how women are treated by Shariah based tribunals and whether the tribunals meet the needs of Muslim women. Muslim women’s experiences of civil law is also investigated in order to provide a comparator and to help understand the relationship between English Family Law and the work of Shariah based tribunals. 


Recent publications


Parveen, R 2017, Do Sharia Councils Meet the Needs of Muslim Women. in S Bano (ed.), Gender and Justice in Family Law Disputes: Women, Mediation, and Religious Arbitration. Brandeis Series on Gender, Culture, Religion, and Law, Brandeis, pp. 1-37.

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Islamic/Sharia law and its place in English law, particularly with regards to matrimonial and family disputes