September 17, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Saudi Arabia's top clerical council on Wednesday issued a statement calling terrorism a "heinous crime" under Sharia and saying that clerics who issue religious edicts justifying terrorism should be tried in court. It also stated that it supports the kingdom's efforts to find and punish followers ...[read more]
May 2, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah proclaimed the enactment of Sharia in the country on Wednesday. The law will operate alongside Brunei's civil code, which Bolkiah explained to mean that Brunei "will have two criminal justice systems working hand in hand." Amnesty International (AI) has condemned the ...[read more]
January 5, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
Tunisian members of parliament rejected Islam as the main source of law for the country on Saturday as they voted to establish a new constitution. The Islamist-led party and secular parties overcame intense debate about Islam's role in the country before beginning to draft the new constitution. ...[read more]
October 29, 2013
by Michael Micsky
JURIST Guest Columnist Elizabeth Mohamad, New York University School of Law Class of 2016, offers insight surrounding the challenges surrounding recent "anti-foreign law" legislation and the resulting impact on the Muslim-American community...Sharia law, the multifaceted entity that is known as ...[read more]
September 20, 2013
by Michael Micsky
JURIST Guest Columnist Nimra Azmi, Harvard Law School Class of 2015, discusses a recent vote for a bill by the North Carolina General Assembly which would ban all foreign law from the state...On August 25, 2013, the North Carolina General Assembly passed the Family, Faith, and Freedom Protection ...[read more]
August 27, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory on Sunday allowed a bill that prohibits North Carolina judges from considering Islamic law in their decisions to become law. House Bill 522 prevents courts from applying foreign law in divorce, alimony and child custody actions, if doing so would violate a ...[read more]
April 13, 2013
by Arjun Mishra
On April 13, 2009, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zadari signed legislation that officially established Islamic Sharia law in the country's North West Frontier Province of Swat, an area bordering Afghanistan. Islamic militants linked to the Taliban reached an agreement with the government to ...[read more]
March 14, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On March 14, 2010, Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court ruled that women could serve as judges on the State Council, an administrative court system that ruled on cases dealing with state issues. This occurred one month after the general assembly of the Council voted to bar the appointment of women ...[read more]
September 25, 2012
by Sarah Posner
Three armed Islamist groups in northern Mali are abusing the local population and employing child soldiers, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday. According to interviews that HRW conducted over the past several weeks, three rebel groups, Ansar Dine, the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West ...[read more]
June 16, 2012
by Cynthia Miley
On June 16, 2011, Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his involvement with a terrorist training camp in the Indonesian province of Aceh. Bashir was found guilty of inciting terrorism in connection with the terrorist training camp, which was used to prepare ...[read more]

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