External PhD researcher
Rehanna Nurmohamed is an external PhD candidate at the Van Vollenhoven Institute.
Rehanna Nurmohamed’s PhD research is entitled: Sharia and national law in the United Arab Emirates. An analysis of its legal system and historical and social background.
Her PhD research is supervised by Prof.dr. L.P.H.M. Buskens.
Her research interest is to provide a legal understanding of how contemporary Islamic societies develop and facilitate legal frameworks to serve their diverse demographic community. The UAE has become an example of a relatively ‘closed’ society in terms of Islamic religious beliefs, cultural aspects and homogeny of ethnicity that has evolved into an open society with a plurality of law, religious beliefs, and people. The population of today’s UAE encloses 200 different nationalities and various religious groups, whereof foreign residents make up 85% of the total population in the urbanized areas of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah. And where a large number of its (temporary) residents act, behave and conduct civil and economic activities in both Islamic and non-Islamic contexts.
Rehanna’s aim is to understand to what extend UAE’s National Laws and Governance are influenced by Sharia based norms, and how foreign residents (and foreign corporate entities) and in particular non- Muslims relate to, abide by and are affected by Sharia inspired laws of the UAE’s national legal system. The legal fields she addresses in her research are Islamic Constitutionalism, UAE’s adherence to International Treaties such as CEDAW, CAT and CRC, the UAE’s Islamic Penal Code, Muslim and non-Muslim Personal Status Laws, and Islamic Business and Financial Laws. Measured from both the legal frameworks of the Federal and Emirate legislation process.
Rehanna graduated in Dutch Civil Law at Leiden Law School. She is also a legal counsel in the Private Corporate Sector.