Islamic Law in the News Roundup

  • Iran’s Guardian Council recently stated that women are allowed to register as presidential candidates, although so far no woman has been approved by the Council.
  • The French President Emanuel Macron’s recent statement describing Islam as “a religion that is in crisis all over the world today” and his government’s draft bill to be announced later this year to strengthen the wording of France’s 1905 Law on church and state separation met with resistance from foreign leaders, as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan labeled his French counterpart’s statements a “provocation.” Based on recent European policies and judgements involving scarves and questions of immigration from the Muslim world, his statement, which also denounced the country’s private schools that admit young girls weaning veils, appears to be a combination of European perceptions of Muslims and of Islamic law vis-a-vis French-style laicite.

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