Muslim family law is a conundrum for those who make the laws of the land

NEWT GINGRICH, an American politician who expects a top job in the Trump administration, has draconian ideas about Islamic law: he suggested questioning all Muslims and deporting those who believe in sharia. Fantastic as it may sound in an American context, such a proposal is even less likely to win traction in Britain because the use of Islamic principles in settling marital and family affairs is already a deeply entrenched social phenomenon.

The ever-growing reality of “sharia councils”, mostly attached to mosques, emerged clearly during some hearings conducted earlier this month by a British parliamentary committee. Dozens of such councils are believed to exist: at least 30 well-established ones and probably many more that operate less formally. For some Muslims with marital difficulties they are an indispensable port of call.

The House of Commons home affairs committee heard…Continue reading

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