The Ongoing Public Debate on Islam in the Netherlands

Jan Jaap de Ruiter discusses the public debate on Islam and sharīʿa in the Netherlands shortly before the March 15th parliamentary elections. Update from the author, March 20, 2017: The parliamentary elections on March 15th resulted in a modest gain of the populist voice. Though the Netherlands will continue to have a coalition government, the end of the elections … Continue reading The Ongoing Public Debate on Islam in the Netherlands

EVENT: The JFK Jr. Forum: A Conversation with Khizr Khan

Khizr Khan at the Harvard Kennedy School's JFK Jr. Forum on February 15th, co-sponsored by ILSP: SHARIAsource. Though the crowd numbered far less than the Democratic National Convention's, Khan was no less eloquent. He recounted for the crowd his experience leading up to the Democratic National Convention and its aftermath. Under Intisar Rabb's, Harvard Law School Professor … Continue reading EVENT: The JFK Jr. Forum: A Conversation with Khizr Khan

OPINION :: The Question of Sharīʿa in Denmark

Denmark contributor Niels V. Vinding comments on recent discussions of sharīʿa in Denmark that have arisen on the basis of uninformed media reporting, which has had the consequence of sparking legislation that may have discriminatory effects on Muslims. These developments come in the wake of the Danish documentary Under the Veil of the Mosque, which … Continue reading OPINION :: The Question of Sharīʿa in Denmark

LEGISLATION COMMENT: When State Legislative Bans on Islamic Law Contravene Federal Constitutional Law

Guest poster Saeed A. Khan writes about how "anti-Sharia" bills are often used as tools to push through other legislation. This piece was first published in the Detroit Free Press on July 20th under the title, "Stop Attempts to Build Bigotry into the Law." It has been re-posted here with the author and the Free Press's permission.   … Continue reading LEGISLATION COMMENT: When State Legislative Bans on Islamic Law Contravene Federal Constitutional Law

No, Newt: Anti-Sharīʿa Rhetoric Doesn’t Change the Law

US Editor Abed Awad summarizes the inaccuracy of Newt Gingrich's proposal. Newt Gingrich told Fox News in an interview last Thursday that “Western civilization is in a war. We should frankly test every person here who is of a Muslim background and if they believe in shari’a they should be deported.” Gingrich continued, “Shari’a is incompatible with Western … Continue reading No, Newt: Anti-Sharīʿa Rhetoric Doesn’t Change the Law

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

OPINION: How Should Muslims Respond to Violence?

Roozbeh Jabbarizadeh, Iran editor, organizes his thoughts about the pressure on Muslims to respond after violent acts. Through the course of terrorist incidents and violent war episodes in which the offenders assert, or it is assumed, they are motivated by Islamic convictions, a great part (presumably a vast majority) of Muslims observably try to react to … Continue reading OPINION: How Should Muslims Respond to Violence?