Long-Term Implications of Sharia Courts in England

The Telegraph:

In his book Islam in Britain, Patrick Sookhdeo, director of the Institute for the Study of Islam and Christianity, says there is an “alternative parallel unofficial legal system” that operates in the Muslim community on a voluntary basis. …

“Sharia courts now operate in most larger cities, with different sectarian and ethnic groups operating their own courts that cater to their specific needs according to their traditions,” he says. …

Faizul Aqtab Siddiqi, a barrister and principal of Hijaz College Islamic University, near Nuneaton, Warwicks, said this type of court had advantages for Muslims. “It operates on a low budget, it operates on very small timescales and the process and the laws of evidence are far more lenient and it’s less awesome an environment than the English courts,” he said.

Mr Siddiqi predicted that there would be a formal network of Muslim courts within a decade.

(via Roger L. Simon).

The trusty old nation-state is crumbling fast, as communication, travel, financial services, and trade make political boundaries ever more porous. It may be tempting to embrace Sharia courts in England because they can enforce order and resolve disputes in their communities. But in the long term this policy must inevitably lead to the establishment of a parallel nation, with a different language, different penalties for like crimes, and different standards for contract enforcement, within England. That’s not a good situation for English policymakers or Muslim residents and citizens of England.

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3 Responses to “Long-Term Implications of Sharia Courts in England”

  1. J Says:

    In Islam, Europe has a tiger by the tail. Could it be facing another Dark Age?

  2. Timothy Says:

    J, I don’t think so. Dark Ages seems too strong – in the last Dark Ages, from what I know, life expectancies plunged and most knowledge was lost and forgotten – preserved by the Arabs, thank goodness. I’m not sure that such a collapse is possible today. I can certainly see a series of wars on the Yugoslavia / Algeria scale, though, leaving Europe chauvenized and paranoid.

    I haven’t spent any time in Western Europe, so I speak from belief here, not knowledge. Eastern Europe, where I have spent a little time, seems pretty robust today compared to the West.

  3. Timothy Says:

    And thanks very much for the note.

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