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November 29, 1987
Your review of Betty Mahmoody's book "Not Without My Daughter" (The Book Review, Nov. 1) never informs us of whether Mahmoody sought to exercise her rights under the Sharia Islamic Law. As curious as the lack of protection for women in international law might seem to the reviewer, it is an old problem in the Western system. Islam, however, guarantees women's rights. Moreover, the Iranian authorities seem to have been aware of her husband's unsuitability to care for her and her daughter: The reviewer tells us in a subjectless, passive sentence that they acted to protect the daughter.
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OPINION
May 16, 2011
A federal appeals court will soon consider a challenge to an Oklahoma measure prohibiting the use of Sharia, or Islamic law, in the state's courts. The constitutional amendment is part of a national trend in which politicians — including Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich — argue that it is vital to prevent Sharia from insinuating itself into the administration of justice in U.S. courts. Never mind that there is scant evidence that American judges are resolving cases on the basis of Sharia.
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OPINION
May 16, 2011
A federal appeals court will soon consider a challenge to an Oklahoma measure prohibiting the use of Sharia, or Islamic law, in the state's courts. The constitutional amendment is part of a national trend in which politicians — including Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich — argue that it is vital to prevent Sharia from insinuating itself into the administration of justice in U.S. courts. Never mind that there is scant evidence that American judges are resolving cases on the basis of Sharia.
WORLD
November 8, 2009 | John M. Glionna
The young couple are totally busted. They sit at a beach-side park, near signs forbidding teens from sitting too close. He has his arm around her shoulder. She isn't wearing her jilbab , the traditional Islamic head scarf. Just like that, the morality cops are in their face. "You two aren't married, right?" asks Syafruddin, the rail-thin leader of the six-man patrol, standing stiffly, one hand behind his back. "So you shouldn't sit next to one another." He separates the two and confiscates their IDs. Later, he says, the team will open an investigation of the couple, especially seeing as the young man lied, at first insisting the girl was his sister.
WORLD
May 22, 2008 | Zulfiqar Ali and Laura King, Special to The Times
Pakistani authorities announced Wednesday that they had struck a truce with a militant faction that moved last year to impose Taliban-style rule in a once-popular tourist area. The deal between government officials and Islamic militants in the scenic Swat valley could presage broader accords with militants in the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.
WORLD
November 8, 2009 | John M. Glionna
The young couple are totally busted. They sit at a beach-side park, near signs forbidding teens from sitting too close. He has his arm around her shoulder. She isn't wearing her jilbab , the traditional Islamic head scarf. Just like that, the morality cops are in their face. "You two aren't married, right?" asks Syafruddin, the rail-thin leader of the six-man patrol, standing stiffly, one hand behind his back. "So you shouldn't sit next to one another." He separates the two and confiscates their IDs. Later, he says, the team will open an investigation of the couple, especially seeing as the young man lied, at first insisting the girl was his sister.
NEWS
April 15, 1989 | From Reuters
Two brothers convicted of murder have been beheaded in Saudi Arabia after spending the past 19 years in jail, local newspapers reported Friday. The brothers were jailed until the son of the man they killed came of age to decide if he wanted compensation or execution under the strict rules of Sharia (Islamic law).
OPINION
September 13, 2006
Re "So you feel safer now?" Opinion, Sept. 8 Rosa Brooks accuses the Bush administration of aggravating terrorism by not paying attention to why terrorists hate us. It is Brooks who has not been paying attention to the words -- and deeds -- of Al Qaeda. Is Brooks aware of Muslim claims to "Andalusia" (Spain) or Indian-held Kashmir? Is she aware of our foes' desire to establish Sharia (Islamic law) everywhere in the world? How will understanding these claims and their underlying ideology eliminate or even lessen conflict in the world?
WORLD
June 3, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A pro-Taliban provincial government bordering Afghanistan passed legislation that will make it the first area in Pakistan to be run based on Sharia, or Islamic law. The bill, passed unanimously by voice vote in the North-West Frontier Province assembly, must be signed by Gov. Sayed Iftikhar Hussain Shah to become law, but that is considered a formality.
WORLD
September 29, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
WORLD
May 22, 2008 | Zulfiqar Ali and Laura King, Special to The Times
Pakistani authorities announced Wednesday that they had struck a truce with a militant faction that moved last year to impose Taliban-style rule in a once-popular tourist area. The deal between government officials and Islamic militants in the scenic Swat valley could presage broader accords with militants in the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.
BOOKS
November 29, 1987
Your review of Betty Mahmoody's book "Not Without My Daughter" (The Book Review, Nov. 1) never informs us of whether Mahmoody sought to exercise her rights under the Sharia Islamic Law. As curious as the lack of protection for women in international law might seem to the reviewer, it is an old problem in the Western system. Islam, however, guarantees women's rights. Moreover, the Iranian authorities seem to have been aware of her husband's unsuitability to care for her and her daughter: The reviewer tells us in a subjectless, passive sentence that they acted to protect the daughter.
NEWS
June 16, 1985
A special Egyptian court in Cairo endorsed a government ban on a planned march by Muslim fundamentalists on President Hosni Mubarak's palace to demand that Egypt be ruled under Sharia, or Islamic law. A statement said the court agreed with the Interior Ministry that the march would cause disturbances and friction but maintained that peaceful marches did not violate the constitution.
NEWS
March 2, 2000 | Times Wire Services
Amid reports of new clashes that left hundreds dead, Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday decried the religious violence that has racked his country, mourning that Nigerians have lost their "sense of moral outrage." Police estimated that 200 to 400 people have died in three days of revenge attacks for clashes last week between Christians and Muslims in the northern city of Kaduna that killed more than 300.
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