Tagged with Sharia

Antonin Scalia and Sharia Law

Antonin Scalia and Sharia Law

As President Obama puts forward Judge Merrick Garland as a nominee for the Supreme Court and Republicans balk at a shift to the left, it is interesting to speculate if the recently deceased conservative Antonin Scalia might have been embraced by the Muslim Brotherhood. I am not a legal scholar, so I am not able … Continue reading

Q&A with an Expert in Customary Reconciliation Sessions

Q&A with an Expert in Customary Reconciliation Sessions

This article was first published at Arab West Report. For many Christians in Egypt, customary reconciliation sessions (CRS) represent one of the most visceral symbols of discrimination against their community. Existing outside the scope of formal law and justice, CRS offer a quick alternative to the lengthy judicial process as village elders and religious leaders … Continue reading

The Sharia of ISIS and Azhar

The Sharia of ISIS and Azhar

Does the so-called Islamic State represent the essence of Islam, or its perversion? The answer supplied often closely aligns with one’s ideology. But what does ISIS say for itself? Here is testimony gathered by the Guardian on what is taught in the training camps: Unlike previous incidents of stoning adulterers and crucifixion, throwing people from … Continue reading

Orthodox Priest: Better to Abandon Christianity

If this quote is accurate, it is a terrible indication of the divide between the Coptic Orthodox Church and members who wish a divorce for other than adultery: Orthodox priest Abd al-Masih Basit told Al-Monitor that the church would not interfere in politics and would not take any actions against Christian parliamentary candidates on the Nour list, … Continue reading

Sharia in the Supreme Constitutional Court

Sharia in the Supreme Constitutional Court

From my recent article at Arab West Report, in the series on Egypt’s constitution. This text opens with a consideration of Salafi participation in both the 2012 and 2014 charters, and proceeds then to examine their chief triumph: This article [219 in the 2012 constitution] was quickly scrapped by the new committee, but the [Salafi] … Continue reading

Placating Salafis for Constitutional Passage?

Placating Salafis for Constitutional Passage?

From my recent article in Arab West Report, about warnings that Salafis, despite only having one member in the Committee of Fifty to amend the 2012 Constitution, were nonetheless exerting undue influence against a liberalizing majority. Some argued they were being placated on several issues so as to keep them involved in support of the … Continue reading

Worrisome Indications of Egypt’s Future

Most people I have interacted with since our return to Cairo are very positive about the nation’s future. They are glad to see Morsi go, the Brotherhood discredited, and though they anticipate a few hiccups from disgruntled Islamists, they expect a return to stability and normalcy within a few months. Here are two voices which … Continue reading

Is Islam Essentially Violent?

Is Islam Essentially Violent?

Dutch scholar Johannes Jansen contributed an essay – ‘The Religious Roots of Muslim Violence’ (opens in a Word document) – to a 2011 anthology entitled, ‘Terrorism: Ideology, Law, and Policy’. In it he makes the case that violence and terrorism are part and parcel of the Islamic religion, traceable to its root sources at every … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: A New Mufti

Friday Prayers for Egypt: A New Mufti

God, The new realities of Egypt, buttressed by its new constitution, place religion front and center in politics and policy. This means a new and developed importance to all her religious leaders. The newest of these is the mufti, elected for the first time by the council of senior scholars in the Azhar. The Azhar, … Continue reading

National Dialouge According to Islamic Sharia

From EgyptSource, arguing this is the best bet for the opposition, where dialogue should become shura (official consultation): On the first point, the prevailing opinion – which may even be the consensus – is that Shura is mandatory. Hence, in Islam, the ruler must resort to Shura to obtain the opinion of experts, politicians, and … Continue reading

Proposed Constitution Opens Door to an Islamic State

Proposed Constitution Opens Door to an Islamic State

The proposed Egyptian constitution offers something to everyone, and its supporters know how to address the audience. Article 3 gives Christians and Jews the right to govern their communities according to the internal rules of their religion. Articles 31-80 give liberally-minded citizens assurances on a litany of basic rights, including expression, belief, education, and even … Continue reading