On May 9, 2011, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) urged the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit to uphold lower court ruling that temporarily blocked implementation of an amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution banning state courts from considering international or Islamic law. The amendment was approved by 70 percent of Oklahoma voters under the name State Question 755 [PDF] in November 2010. However, the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma issued a temporary injunction that same month which blocked the law from taking effect. The Tenth Circuit began deliberation in the case of in September 2011. Efforts to ban the consideration of Islamic law, also known as Sharia, has not been confined to Oklahoma as other states have approved similar laws.
Learn more about Islamic law from the JURIST news archive, and read commentary on efforts to ban Islamic law from JURIST Guest Columnist Abed Awad in Sidebar.