The Down Under Approach and Reaction to Shari'a: An impasse in Post-Secularism?

Leiden University Press
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Applying Shari'a in the West, 2013, 1, pp. 65 - 78
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A recent report' based on a research project on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women reviewed official docwnents from 44 countries with a Muslim majority. It discovered that among these countries, there were significant differences with regard to Muslim family law. The docwnent concluded that there is no single functioning worldwide Islamic law. Islamic family law, wherever iUs practised, is based on the laws and principles set out in the Qur'an and Sunna. However, because there are mUltiple schools oflaw and different family law provisions that are influenced by local cultures where Islamic law operates, no single tradition can claim ownership of it.
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