“Changing God’s Law: The Dynamics of Middle Eastern Family Law” (Yassari, ed.)

In June, Routledge will release “Changing God’s Law: The Dynamics of Middle Eastern Family Law” edited by Nadjma Yassari (Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg). The publisher’s description follows:

This volume identifies and elaborates on the significance and functions of routlogothe various actors involved in the development of family law in the Middle East. Besides the importance of family law regulations for each individual, family law has become the battleground of political and social contestation. Divided into four parts, the collection presents a general overview and analysis of the development of family law in the region and provides insights into the broader context of family law reform, before offering examples of legal development realised by codification drawn from a selection of Gulf states, Iran, and Egypt. It then goes on to present a thorough analysis of the role of the judiciary in the process of lawmaking, before discussing ways the parties themselves may have shaped and do shape the law. Including contributions from leading authors of Middle Eastern law, this timely volume brings together many isolated aspects of legal development and offers a comprehensive picture on this topical subject. It will be of interest to scholars and academics of family law and religion.

Fejérdy, “Pressed By a Double Loyalty”

In June, Central European University Press will release “Pressed By a Double Loyalty: Hungarian Attendance at the Second Vatican Council, 1959-1965” by András Fejérdy (Institute of History of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences). The publisher’s description follows:

The Second Vatican Council is the single most influential event in the twentieth-century history of the Catholic Church. The book analyzes the relationship between the Council and the “Ostpolitik” of the Vatican through the history of the Hungarian presence at Vatican II.

Pope John XXIII, elected in 1958, was a catalyst. He thought that his most urgent task was to renew contacts with the Church behind the iron curtain.

Hungary, too, did not consider Vatican II primarily an ecclesiastical event. It was considered a component of the negotiations between the Holy See and the Kádár regime: Hungarian participation at the Council was made possible by the new pragmatic attitude in Hungarian church politics. After the crushing of the 1956 Revolution, churches in Hungary thought that the regime would last and were willing to compromise. During the Council Hungary became the experimental laboratory of the Vatican’s new eastern policy. Fejérdy tries to establish whether it was it a Vatican decision or a Soviet instruction.