Shari'a Law Comes To The UK?
According to a November 29, 2006 article in the London Telegraph, Shari'a law, based on the Koran and the Hadith, is becoming an alterate source of justice in some parts of Britain. According to a recent show on BBC 4 Radio, an unofficial Somali "court" recently rendered a decision in a stabbing case in southeast London. According to the article,
Mr Yusuf [a youth worker from Somalia] told the programme he felt more bound by the traditional law of his birth than by the laws of his adopted country. "Us Somalis, wherever we are in the world, we have our own law," he said. "It's not sharia, it's not religious — it's just a cultural thing."In the UK, shari'a law is not binding. Yet.
Meanwhile, some in the UK see the use of shari'a law as a good measure:
Some lawyers welcomed the advance of what has become known as "legal pluralism"."Legal pluralism" - multiculturalism as applied to the legal system?
The article also states the following:
Dr Prakash Shah, a senior lecturer in law at Queen Mary University of London, said such tribunals "could be more effective than the formal legal system"....Read the entire article in the Telegraph HERE.
[Hat-tip to Nanc for providing me the link to the above story]