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Islamic Law

PE Classes For Girls Is The First Step Towards Prostitution, Claims Saudi Cleric

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 04.17.2014 | Religion

Saudi Arabia is getting closer to adding physical education classes for girls to public schools, but some conservative Islamic clerics are slamming th...

Maldives President Calls Marital Rape Bill 'Un-Islamic'

Religion News Service | Vishal Arora | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

NEW DELHI (RNS) Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen has refused to ratify a bill that seeks to partially criminalize marital rape, calling it “un-Isl...

Saudi Arabia Threatens Supporters Of Women Drivers

AP | ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI | Posted 10.25.2013 | World

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi officials stepped up warnings on Friday over plans by women to challenge the male-only dri...

Sharia Law Is Coming To Brunei

Religion News Service | Richard S. Ehrlich | Posted 10.22.2013 | Religion

(RNS) The sultan of Brunei announced on Tuesday (Oct. 22) he will rule his oil-rich Islamic country according to Shariah laws, including death by ston...

Yemen Under Fire For Sharia-Based Amputation Punishment

Agence France Presse | | Posted 11.17.2013 | World

Amnesty International has urged Yemen to commute a sentence of hand and foot amputation meted out to a man convicted of robbery, slamming the Islamic ...

Ryan J. Reilly

Oklahoma Anti-Sharia Constitutional Amendment Struck Down By Federal Judge

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 08.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A proposed amendment to Oklahoma's state constitution that would have prevented state courts from considering Sharia and international l...

Did Iran's President Feign Having PhD From London University 1980-1999?

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 09.29.2013 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

What do Rouhani's past actions suggest about his morals and personality? It suggests that Rouhani's first priority has been to use any tool possible -- even if it means deceiving the Iranian people -- in order to achieve his political ambitions.

Introducing Sharia Law 101

Religion News Service | Omar Sacirbey | Posted 07.29.2013 | Religion

(RNS) North Carolina lawmakers on Wednesday (July 24) approved a bill to prohibit judges from considering “foreign laws” in their decisions, but n...

The Politics Of A Kiss: Islam And Intimate Life In Turkey

Roger Friedland | Posted 08.04.2013 | Religion
Roger Friedland

Just like their parents did with the market and the democratic nation-state, one way or another young Turkish Muslims of the future will find a way to make their piety work with their love lives. It may not be in a subway, but they are not going to stop kissing.

Islamists Gaining Strength In Libya

The Media Line | Sherif Elhelwa | Posted 03.21.2013 | Religion

By Sherif Elhelwa/The Media Line When a group of Islamic terrorists with links to al Qaeda assaulted the American consulate in Benghazi killing Amb...

Choosing Egypt's New Grand Mufti

AP | MAGGIE MICHAEL | Posted 04.13.2013 | Religion

CAIRO — Muslim clerics from Al-Azhar, Egypt's premier religious institution, chose the country's top Islamic jurist in a direct and secret ballo...

Mali: A Global Wound

Imam Abdullah Antepli | Posted 03.31.2013 | Religion
Imam Abdullah Antepli

We have to address the root causes of terrorism and invest heavily in improving the immune system of societies, which are vulnerable and weak in the face of this challenge.

The Islam Women Were Promised

Sheikh Musa Furber | Posted 03.16.2013 | Religion
Sheikh Musa Furber

There is something deeply wrong when even a small part of a Muslim society views the shame of a single rape to outweigh facilitating the spread of corruption and the wrongful taking of life.

How Would The Prophet Muhammad Vote? You Might Be Surprised

Sarah Moawad | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Sarah Moawad

We've heard plenty about the "threat of sharia" to American culture, but noting about how Muḥammad would vote the issues. What does Islamic law have to say about the federal deficit, tax-cuts, gay marriage and other hot-button issues?

Pakistan McDonald's Allegedly Objects To Couple's Behavior

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 09.12.2012 | Business

Noman Ansari wanted to stop for a diet Coke with his wife in a Karachi McDonald's in Pakistan, but when the couple sat down side-by-side in a booth, t...

1,400 Years Of Islamic Law

Sadakat Kadri | Posted 08.01.2012 | Religion
Sadakat Kadri

At a time when efforts to ban sharia law have been tabled in some two dozen states, it would be interesting to know what precisely their sponsors are hoping to prohibit -- because their target has a 1,400-year history that extends deep into the realms of faith.

Belief-O-Matic And Me

Kecia Ali | Posted 07.31.2012 | Religion
Kecia Ali

According to the Internet, I am 100 percent Reform Jew. This came as something of a surprise to me since I'm a Muslim. Let me explain.

GOP Governor Signs Bill Banning Islamic Law

AP | JOHN HANNA | Posted 05.25.2012 | Politics

TOPEKA, Kan. -- Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a law aimed at keeping the state's courts or government agencies from basing decisions on Islamic...

Kansas Governor Signs Bill Banning Sharia Law

Reuters | Posted 07.25.2012 | Religion

By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Kan., May 25 (Reuters) - Republican Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed a bill aimed at keeping state c...

The State Of Anti-Shari'a Bills

Robert P. Jones, Ph.D. | Posted 05.08.2012 | Religion
Robert P. Jones, Ph.D.

Despite early momentum, the sponsors of anti-sharia legislation may have an uphill battle ahead of them.

Advocates Of Sharia Can Learn From Catholics And Jews

Mary J. Loftus | Posted 04.07.2012 | Religion
Mary J. Loftus

Prickly questions abound when determining how religious minorities with distinctive family norms, cultural practices and their own religious law, courts and schools, can be accommodated in democratic societies.

Court: Ban On Islamic Law Unconstitutional

AP | SEAN MURPHY | Posted 03.11.2012 | Religion

OKLAHOMA CITY — A proposed constitutional amendment that would ban Oklahoma courts from considering international or Islamic law discriminates a...

Goldman Advisor Defends Controversial Bond Program

Reuters | Posted 03.03.2012 | Business

* Western banks increasingly interested in sukuk * But controversy could affect their entry into sector * Advisor mounts d...

The Shariah Was Made For Man -- And Not Man For The Shariah

Mustafa Akyol | Posted 02.18.2012 | Religion
Mustafa Akyol

The fundamentalists do not realize that their blind literalism could lead them to follow the letter of the law, but betray its intents.

Bachmann Says This Could 'Usurp' The Constitution

Posted 01.03.2012 | Politics

Minnesota congresswoman and GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is still concerned about the threat of Sharia law, ABC News reports. "It's ...