Followers of Islam make up almost a quarter of the world’s population. Islam is a major spiritual force in the world, which is often poorly understood and misrepresented, yet it has been playing a growing role in world affairs.
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This post first appeared with the Interface Institute.
In May 2016 Theresa May, then Home Secretary, commissioned an Independent Review of shariah law in the UK, to inquire whether the activities of British shariah councils, sometimes called shariah courts, are incompatible with British law. Included in the terms of reference was the treatment of women, specifically arrangements for divorce, domestic violence, and children. The Review, led by Mona Siddiqui, Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies at Edinburgh University’ Divinity School, was released in February 2019.