A Court by Any Other Name: State ‘Courts’ and Sharīʿa Councils

South Asia editor Jeff Redding compares the British sharīʿa courts debate to similar debates going on in India. He examines the semantic approach of the current debate, and questions whether this approach fully encompasses the issue. Controversies over non-state Islamic dispute resolution have flared around the globe in the last several years, in sites as diverse as Canada, India, and … Continue reading A Court by Any Other Name: State ‘Courts’ and Sharīʿa Councils

OPINION :: On Orlando, Sexuality and Sharīʿa

When news of Orlando first broke, my first instinct was that a gay man had perpetrated the atrocities that the world witnessed there.  The first fragments of information that came out that mournful morning—Orlando, a gay Latin club, hostage situation—struck me as simultaneously ‘too random’ and ‘too targeted’ to be the actions of any person … Continue reading OPINION :: On Orlando, Sexuality and Sharīʿa