Thursday, August 05, 2004

Sharia in Canada

Thanks to the Ontario Arbitration Act of 1991, the Islamic Institute of Civil Justice has been set up to allow Canadian Muslims to enter into arbitration based on the principles of Muslim sharia law. Supporters argue that other religious and cultural communities are allowed to arbitrate civil disputes among themselves. Opponents argue that Muslim women may be pressured by their community to submit to sharia arbitration, which is inherently discriminatory against women. Facing these concerns, the Ontario goverment is reviewing its decision.

More information: Aljazeera.net article, Toronto Star article, CBC viewpoint, Humanist Association of Toronto position

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

on a slight tangent - consider the difficulties of getting a loan to buy a house under sharia.

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8/06/2004 08:07:00 AM  
Blogger Eric said...

Does this Islamic morgage concept strike anyone else as against the spirit of thier prohibition of paying interest?

8/07/2004 03:51:00 PM  

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