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  •  It´s a hot topic in Britain (6+ / 0-)

    and some other European countries. From The Guardian

    Sharia has already entered the UK through a back door. In October 2008 Bridget Prentice, parliamentary under-secretary of state in the Ministry of Justice, stated that the government does not "accommodate" any religious legal systems, but confirmed two developments. First that sharia courts are operating under the 1996 Arbitration Act, which allows private disputes to be settled by an independent arbitrator. And second that sharia rulings on family matters (that are not covered by arbitration) could be given the authority of a British court by seeking "a consent order embodying the terms" of the sharia court ruling. There is now a Muslim Arbitration Tribunal which claims that the lord chief justice endorses alternative dispute resolution under sharia law.

    These sharia courts tend not to be kind to women in cases of marriage, divorce etc.

    Maryam Namazie is a Marxist, a rights activist, commentator and broadcaster. She is spokesperson for the One Law for All Campaign against Sharia Law in Britain. The campaign is opposed to faith based laws and promotes citizenship rights and one secular law for all


    For man´s heart life is simple - it beats as long as possible.

    by Mariken on Sat Mar 20, 2010 at 06:43:17 PM PDT

    •  Jewish and Anglican communitie also have the (1+ / 0-)
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      same possibilities to do this as well. However, one problem that in faced in Britain is that Muslims there come from all over the Muslim world - from Indonesia to Morocco. There are obviously differences in the way sharia is applied in those countries (and whether it is applied at all, whether it is applied in just personal status or includes other civil and criminal law areas as well) as well as differences based on customs that spring from Islamic law based on the Qur'an and hadith and customs that spring from local cultural or pre-Islamic norms.

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