07/23/2011 03:32 pm ET Updated Sep 22, 2011

International Divorce: Sharia Law Outweighs State Law For Australian Muslims

WHEN Australian Muslim Frida Dakiz's marriage dissolved she was granted a divorce by her local imam.

The 33-year-old dress shop manager said it was only after she was officially separated by religious law that she considered secular options.

Ms Dakiz is among thousands of Australian Muslims living by a shadow civil code known as sharia law.And despite the arrests this week of three men who police allege carried out a sharia law punishment, Ms Dakiz and 28-year-old friend Rebecca Kay yesterday said their traditions have a place in Australian society.

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