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It's difficult to see how sharia councils could be integrated into the British legal system

By David G Green   March 2008

Now that the dust has settled, we can look more calmly on the issues raised by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s sharia speech. He did not call for sharia law to be imposed, and he was well aware of the unequal treatment of women under some forms of sharia and the dangers of coercion. But he did say that sharia had already been recognised to some extent and that further recognition was unavoidable. Moreover, he called for a “market” (his term) in rival jurisdictions in order to have a “transformative accommodation” of both mainstream British law and religious legal traditions. And,…

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