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Applying Sharia in the West

Facts, Fears and the Future of Islamic Rules on Family Relations in the West

292 pages
Amsterdam University Press
This volume provides new insights in the concept of shari'a in the West, and sets out a framework of how shari'a in the West can be studied. The premise of this volume is that one needs to focus on the question ‘What do Muslims do in terms of shari'a?’ rather than ‘What is shari'a?’. This perspective shows that the practice of Sharia is restricted to a limited set of rules that mainly relate to religious rituals, family law and social interaction. The framework of this volume then continues to explore two more interactions: the Western responses to these practices of shari'a and, in turn, the Muslim legal reaction to these responses.
Author Bio
Maria Berger is a political scientist and a research advisor for the city of Delft.