November 2, 2011 |
The headquarters of a satirical French newspaper were damaged by fire early Wednesday as a controversial special edition poking fun at Islamic law in Libya and Tunisia was set to hit newsstands. A fire apparently sparked by one or two Molotov cocktails melted computers, destroyed archives, and burned the first two floors of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper's offices in Paris about 1 a.m., officials said. No injuries were reported, and authorities said they had no suspects as of Wednesday afternoon.
April 5, 2012 |
CAIRO - The men gathering outside the yellow mosque agreed: Adulterers should be stoned to death, the hands of thieves cut off. "But not now," said Kareem Atta, waiting in a cool breeze for the sheik's car to roll up next to the Koran sellers. " Sharia law must be gradually put into place so it doesn't shock the system. You can't cut people's hands off if you first don't give them financial justice. " The young students, engineers and laborers are followers of Hazem Salah abu Ismail, a lawyer and holy man whose poetic blend of populism and ultraconservative Salafi Islam has turned him into a leading presidential candidate.
September 29, 2003 |
A constitution that will be put forward soon for ratification declares Afghanistan a Muslim state but does not impose Sharia, or Islamic law, an Afghan official said. Conservatives and secularists have been hotly debating how to enshrine Islam into law after years under the Taliban, who enforced a harsh version of Sharia. A 10-day meeting of a 500-member loya jirga, or grand council, is scheduled to debate the constitution in December.
August 21, 2005 |
AMERICANS MAY be hoping that Iraqis currently debating their constitution will resolve once and for all the thorny issue of what role Islam plays in society. But those of us who live in Muslim societies understand that this question is never fully settled, regardless of what the law says. Countries such as Saudi Arabia are extremely strict.
April 11, 1985 |
Public pressure appeared to be growing in Sudan on Wednesday to end the religion-based social restrictions imposed by the now-ousted President Jaafar Numeiri. Sudan's new leader, Gen. Abdul-Rahman Suwar Dahab, met Wednesday with leaders of the professional unions that took part in the general strike that precipitated the coup. The abolition of Islamic law was one of the unions' key demands in the strike, along with a specific date for a return to civilian rule.
October 28, 2010 |
As the country grapples with its worst economic downturn in decades and persistent unemployment, voters in Oklahoma next week will take up another issue ? whether they should pass a constitutional amendment outlawing Sharia, or Islamic law. Supporters of the initiative acknowledge that they do not know of a single case of Sharia being used in Oklahoma, which has only 15,000 Muslims. "Oklahoma does not have that problem yet," said Republican state Rep. Rex Duncan, the author of the ballot measure, who says supporters in more than a dozen states are ready to place similar initiatives before voters in 2012.