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Islamic law in U.S. courts

Does Islamic law, Sharia, have a place in American courts? A lot of state legislatures don’t think so, and there is a large movement to ban its application in the domestic courts, state and federal.

By MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Writer

 WASHINGTON, May 19 (UPI) — Does Islamic law, Sharia, have a place in American courts? A lot of state legislatures don’t think so, and there is a movement to ban its application in domestic courts, state and federal.

It’s one of those national issues that for now is not before the U.S. Supreme Court, but almost inevitably will be before the justices somewhere down the line, even if just in the petition stage.

Sharia, based on the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad, is often a consideration in family issue cases involving U.S. Muslims. But its precepts apply to all aspects of life, and its severest critics allege it is a factor in some acts of terror. . .

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