Archive for the 'islamic law' Category

Rape within marriage is ‘impossible’, claims Muslim cleric – Daily Telegraph

“A senior Muslim cleric in charge of Britain’s largest group of sharia law courts has claimed that there is no such thing as rape within marriage.”

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Daily Telegraph, 15th October 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

What isn’t wrong with Sharia law? – The Guardian

“To safeguard our rights there must be one law for all and no religious courts.”

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The Guardian, 5th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Fears over non-Muslims’ use of Islamic law to resolve disputes – The Guardian

“Campaigners have voiced concerns over a growing number of non-Muslims using Islamic law to resolve legal disputes in Britain despite controversy over the role of sharia law.”

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The Guardian, 14th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Change would help to expose unjust rulings – The Times

“The move towards creating Britain’s first formal network of Sharia courts is a logical next step after the encouragement given to Islamic tribunals by leading legal and church leaders.”

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The Times, 21st July 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Scholar denies that Islamic divorce procedure is biased against women – The Times

“Opponents of Sharia have long complained that it involves an inherent bias against women and treats them as second-rate citizens.”

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The Times, 21st July 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Non-Muslims turning to Sharia courts to resolve civil disputes – The Times

“Increasing numbers of non-Muslims are turning to Sharia courts to resolve commercial disputes and other civil matters, The Times has learnt.”

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The Times, 21st July 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Sharia courts: are their rulings breaching British law? – The Times

“Sharia courts operate in Britain in the shadows. Little is known about them or their rulings or how extensive their network is or the reach of their jurisdiction.”

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The Times, 30th June 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

The Big Question: How do Britain’s sharia courts work, and are they a good thing? – The Independent

“Why are we asking this now?

Civitas, an independent research organisation, has issued a report saying that there are many more sharia courts operating in the United Kingdom than we thought. It was known that there were such courts operating in London, Manchester, Bradford, Birmingham and Nuneaton, but no-one knows how many there are. By examining online fatwa sites, the author calculated that there at least 85, most operating out of mosques, but some located in cafes or Muslim schools across the country.”

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The Independent, 30th June 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Dozens of sharia courts are giving illegal advice, claims Civitas report – The Guardian

“Dozens of sharia courts in the UK are regularly giving illegal advice on issues including marriage and divorce, a report published today claims.”

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The Guardian, 29th June 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Sharia law should be introduced into legal system, says leading barrister – Daily Telegraph

“A leading barrister has said that Sharia law should be incorporated into the English legal system, it has been reported.”

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Daily Telegraph, 26th November 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Lord Bingham: ‘no reason’ to exclude Sharia – The Times

“Muslim communities should have the right to decide their own disputes provided they are subject to our laws, one of Britain’s most senior legal figures has said.”

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The Times, 3rd November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Jack Straw makes clear Sharia principles subject to English law – The Times

“Jack Straw last night made clear that Sharia principles will always be subject to English law.”

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The Times, 31st October 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Seal of approval for Sharia councils? – The Times

“Bridget Prentice, the Justice Minister, has put the legitimacy of Sharia rulings in the limelight again with suggestions that mediation on family disputes could go before English judges.”

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The Times, 28th October 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Sharia law incompatible with human rights legislation, Lords say – The Guardian

“The House of Lords today drew stark attention to the conflict between sharia and UK law, calling the Islamic legal code ‘wholly incompatible’ with human rights legislation.”

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The Guardian, 23rd October 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Law lords say sharia is ‘arbitrary and discriminatory’ – Daily Telegraph

“Britain’s highest court allows a Lebanese woman to stay in Britain rather than lose her son. But they stress that only ‘flagrant’ human rights breaches will come within the law.”

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd October 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Muslims rebuffed over sharia courts – The Times

“Gordon Brown’s new minister for race relations has attacked sharia courts, insisting that the Muslim community in Britain is not ‘advanced’ enough to have its own legal system.”

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The Times, 12th October 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Is English law related to Muslim law? – BBC News Magazine

“In London’s historic Inns of Court, barristers practise law in the shadow of the distinctive medieval Temple Church. But does English law really owe a debt to Muslim law?”

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BBC News Magazine, 23rd September 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Sharia courts rule on sex lives in Britain – Daily Telegraph

“Ten currently operate across the country, with around 95 per cent of their cases relating to matrimonial issues.”

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Daily Telegraph, 26th August 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

New Sharia law marraige contract gives Muslim women rights – Daily Telegraph

“Muslim women are to be guaranteed equal rights in marriage under a new wedding contract negotiated by leading Islamic organisations and clerics in Britain.”

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Daily Telegraph, 8th August 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Sharia will ‘inevitably’ become part of British law, says barrister – Daily Telegraph

“Islamic law will ‘inevitably’ become part of the British legal system and work should start immediately on specific changes, according to a leading barrister.”

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Daily Telegraph, 4th July 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Podcast 64: With John Hirst – author of Jailhouse Lawyer’s blog and Podcast 65: The right of prisoners to vote with Carl Gardner – Charon QC

“Today I am talking to John Hirst, author of the Jailhouse Lawyer’s blog. John has spent 35 of his 57 years in prison.

John was sent to prison for life after being convicted of the manslaughter of his landlady, in 1979. ‘He received a tariff of 15 years, but served a total of 25 before being released in October last year. He believes his activities as a litigant against the Prison Service and Home Office are the main reason he had to serve the extra years. John proved to be the most prolific prisoner litigant of modern times – and, he says, like Perry Mason and Rumpole of the Bailey, he never lost a case against the Prison Service.’ ”

Listen to Podcast 64: With John Hirst – author of Jailhouse Lawyer’s blog

“Today I am talking to Carl Gardner, author of the Head of Legal blog, barrister, former government lawyer and commentator on Human Rights Law, about the case of Hirst v United Kingdom No (2) heard at the ECHR in 2005.

Yesterday, I did a podcast with John Hirst, author of the Jailhouse Lawyer blog about his experience of prison life and during that conversation we talked about John’s case against the British government about the right of prisoners to vote – which he won.

Carl Gardner analyses the Hirst case and we talk about the practical implications of the judgment. We also talk about Lord Phillip’s attitude to Sharia Law and his support for Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury.”

Listen to Podcast 65: The right of prisoners to vote with Carl Gardner

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of insitelaw newswire.

Equality before the Law – Speech by Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers

Equality before the Law (PDF)

Speech by Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers

East London Muslim Centre, 3rd July 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Case dismissed: Lord Chief Justice lays down law on Sharia – The Times

“Britain’s most senior judge declared last night that there was no place for Sharia courts in this country and insisted that all residents were governed by the laws of England and Wales.”

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The Times, 4th July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Westminster City Council v IC and Others – Times Law Reports

Westminster City Council v IC and Others

Court of Appeal

“A judge did not have jurisdiction to make a declaration that a marriage based on lack of consent was not valid under English law, since such a marriage was voidable and not void ab intitio; the judge should have declared that the marriage was not recognised as a valid marriage in this jurisdiction.”

The Times, 3rd April 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Judges reject Islamic ‘phone marriage’ with woman in Bangladesh – The Times

“Three senior appeal judges have refused to recognise an ‘over the telephone’ Muslim marriage between an autistic British man and a woman in Bangladesh — even though the union is valid according to sharia or Islamic law.”

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The Guardian, 19th March 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Chancellor Alistair Darling to close loophole in finance deals based on Sharia – The Times

“The Chancellor is expected next week to close a loophole in Sharia finance rules that have allowed commercial property investors to avoid paying stamp duty on more than £1 billion of deals, The Times has learnt.”

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The Times, 5th March 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Sharia unveiled – Law Society’s Gazette

“The Archbishop of Canterbury has sparked a fevered public debate about the relationship between religion and law. Polly Botsford reports.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 28th February 2008

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Sharia bonds may help to fill the public purse – Daily Telegraph

“The Government is preparing to announce whether it will press ahead with plans to use ‘sharia bonds’ to raise money for public spending programmes, it has emerged.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th February 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

‘Sorry for any confusion but it is my right and duty to talk about religion and the law’ – The Times

“The Archbishop of Canterbury apologised to the Church of England yesterday for any ‘misleading choice of words’ when he delivered his controversial speech on Islam, but insisted that he stood by his right to tackle such issues.”

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The Times, 12th February 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Adopting sharia within British law would be ‘disastrous’, Lord Carey tells his successor as Archbishop – The Independent

“The Archbishop of Canterbury’s predecessor joined the chorus of criticism against him last night for his comments on Islamic law. George Carey accused Dr Rowan Williams of ‘overstating’ the case for accommodating sharia. But he said that Dr Williams should not be forced to quit over his remarks.”

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The Independent, 10th February 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Top judges in key ruling on sharia marriage – The Guardian

“Three senior judges are to rule on the legality of an arranged marriage conducted in the UK under sharia law, a judgment that could have profound consequences for British Muslims.”

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The Guardian, 10th February 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Lawyers: Sharia can’t trump English law – The Times

“Leading human rights lawyers are concerned that the adoption of elements of Islamic law could lead to clashing systems.”

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The Times, 8th February 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Civil and Religious Law in England: a religious perspective – Archbishop of Canterbury

The full text of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s lecture in London, 7th February 2008.”

Full text of the speech

The Guardian, 8th February 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

From Leyton to Dewsbury, Sharia courts are already settling disputes – The Times

“Sharia courts have already spread across Britain and are being used as an alternative and informal legal system by many British Muslims.”

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The Times, 8th February 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Archbishop backs sharia law for British Muslims – The Guardian

“The Archbishop of Canterbury prompted controversy today when he said the introduction of sharia law for British Muslims was ‘unavoidable’.”

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The Guardian, 7th February 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Does Islam fit with our law? – The Times

“Is a clash of civilisations looming? It’s now time to find the links rather than the conflicts between English and Islamic law”

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The Times, 5th February 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

‘We want to offer sharia law to Britain’ – Daily Telegraph

“Islamic courts meet every week in the UK to rule on divorces and financial disputes. Clare Dwyer Hogg and Jonathan Wynne-Jones report on demands by senior Muslims that sharia be given legal authority.”

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Daily Telegraph, 19th January 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Sukuk succour – The Lawyer

“It’s not just pro-Muslim sentiment that is fuelling the emerging Islamic finance market, Government legislation is lending a helping hand too.” 

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The Lawyer, 11th June 2007

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Sharia carrier – The Lawyer

“Islamic finance is no longer a Middle East form of financing. In the last year the UK Government has made a concerted effort to promote sharia-compliant financial instruments, adapting regulations to facilitate their smooth entry into the market.”

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The Lawyer, 4th June 2007

Source: www.thelawyer.com


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