bignaf wrote:The Koran entitles them to that; it doesn't require them to do that. the courts they are talking about are people who go to regular law school, learn the law of the land, and in addition study shari'a. in that way, they can judge laws of marriage and divorce according to shari'a within what's allowed by the law of the land.
Tell me, exactly, where I can find a set of those annotated codified Shari'a law books those clever law students will be studying?
Afghanistan? Saudi Arabia? Nigeria?
Oh, I forgot. There is no codified set of Shari'a because in every country where it is practised, the interpretation is based on the opinion of the individual religious cleric. There are no international standards, there are no safeguards.
Canada's been struggling with a limited Shari'a since 1991 where some family law issues are handled by Islamic clerics. Their decision, based on whatever criteria they chose is unrefutable, there is no appeal and there is no redress for perceived inequity.
My comments about polegamy might have been flipant but there are serious consequences to implementing even Shari'a family laws. For one, it routinely disinherits widows from receiving her husband's estate. It goes to the oldest male child or possibly to the husband's brothers if he died without male children. And as mentioned above, there is no appeal to the decisions rendered by the cleric; challenge them and you will be labeled blasphemer.
I assume that you are okay with two sets of family laws for different groups of Americans? One that provides due process and appropriate redress before a court of law or one that is decided by a coupla Saudi Arabian clerics paid to preach in America's mosques by the Saudi Government?
Besides, you feel comfortable use the definition "family law"? Is adultry a criminal or civil matter e.g. "family law"? I've seldom seen it in a criminal court.
You can get stoned to death for that is some countries under Shari'a you know.
according to shari'a within what's allowed by the law of the land.
Shari'a doesn't recognize any other set of rules or laws. Shari'a IS the supreme law and trumps all others including the Constitution.