Indignation About the Proposal to Include <i>Shariah</i> Law in Britain

Nahid Afrose Kabir

in Young British Muslims

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780748641338
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653232 | DOI:
Indignation About the Proposal to Include Shariah Law in Britain

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The Islamic law or shariah is interpreted according to four schools of law, but the basic elements are the same throughout the Islamic world, particularly the practice of religious rites. Over the ages, the ethical norms related to shariah have been the injunctions of the Quran and sunnah. In other words, shariah is practising Islam in one's everyday life. Shariah in its deeper meaning is concerned with ordinances or hudud, which literally means the ‘limits’ set by Allah. By the middle of the nineteenth century in many Islamic countries, the rule of the shariah as a legal system was either limited to personal laws governing the family and inheritance, or replaced by Napoleonic codes or English common law and European-style courts. By the time Islamic countries gained their independence after World War II, the full shariah was limited and applied to a few countries, such as Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Afghanistan — countries which were not subjected to two different legal systems and philosophies. This chapter discusses indignation about the proposal to include shariah law in Britain. It discusses firstly Dr. Rowan William's comments on shariah law in the context of British law. Secondly, it examines the reporting of the shariah law in the British press and the validity of the anger that resulted in society. The chapter finishes by discussing the comments of young Muslims and adult Muslims on the implications of the shariah law and its impact on their identity.

Keywords: Islamic law; shariah; hudud; Dr. Rowan William; British law; shariah law

Chapter.  13655 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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