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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

JSP Prof Sarah Song Comments on the Controversey over Islamic Law in UK Courts

In a column published in the March 7 edition of the Recorder (online here but requires a subscription), Professor Sarah Song explores the complicated legal and social controversy opened up recently when the Archbishop of Canterbury spoke in favor of opening UK courts to enforcing Islamic law principles in some areas like family law. While the Archbishop's comments were greeted by harsh criticism from many British newspapers and politicians, Professor Song suggests that both the Archbishop and critics need to look beyond the label of "Islamic courts" to question the interpretation of Islam being promoted in those courts and the impact of that interpretation on the rights of Muslim women in the UK.


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