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Religion and Law: Getting Started

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This "Religion and Law" guide provides a brief introduction to resources introducing religious legal systems.  It also lists introductory materials on law and religion as they specifically relate to United States constitutional law. 

In addition, a select list of resources on "personal status" laws is provided.  "Personal status laws" deal with law as it affects women or religious minorities, mainly in Muslim or other creed-based legal systems.  

All materials in this guide were selected with the goal of helping students begin their research.  The University of Iowa, its College of Law, and its Law Library do not endorse any religion or jurisdiction found in this guide.  We are merely providing assorted aids for starting research on the topic of religion and law.  The resources found in this guide are merely selective and not exhaustive.

For detailed coverage of the internal workings of Christian ecclesiastical law (Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, Lutheran, Calvinist/Reformed/Methodist, and Latter-day Saints), please see the UIowa Law Library research guide on Canon Law.

Getting Started

The following webpages provide good resources for starting research in religion and the law:

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