The question of law and love has to be confronted in the soul (as a religious question), in the head (as a political question) and in the heart (as an existential question). This Special Issue of Law in Context tries to make a start in making sense of this multi-faceted question.
2 See, for example, Ed Sanders, Paul, the Law and the Jewish People (SCM Press, 1983).
3 See Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians (Theodore Graebner trans, Zondervan Publishing House, 1949).
4 See Charles Taylor, ‘Cross-Purposes: The Liberal-Communitarian Debate’ in Nancy Rosenblum (ed), Liberalism and the Moral Life (Harvard University Press, 1989).
5 See, in particular, Simon May, Love a History (Yale University Press, 2011); Ulrich Beck & Elizabeth Beck-Gernsheim, The Normal Chaos of Love (Polity, 1994); and Eva llouz, Why Love Hurts: A Sociological Explanation (Polity, 2012).
6 Eva Illouz, Consuming the Romantic Utopia (University of California Press, 1997).
7 Irving Singer, The Nature of Love, vol 1-3, (Chicago University Press, 1984-1987).
8 The idea that romantic love is radical, liberating and modern has spread beyond western societies. It finds expression for example in challenges to common (mis)perceptions of arranged marriages in India. See Rochona Majumbar, Marriage and Modernity Family Values in Colonial Bengal (Duke University Press, 2009).
9 For a discussion of this, see the articles by Grossi and Neoh in this collection.