July 9, 2014
by Addison Morris
The Supreme Court of India ruled Monday that fatwas issued by shariat courts or muftis had no legal sanctity, meaning that there will be no civil or criminal consequences for the defiance of these legal opinions rendered over issues of Islamic law. The court found that it violated citizens' ...[read more]
August 27, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory on Sunday allowed a bill that prohibits North Carolina judges from considering Islamic law in their decisions to become law. House Bill 522 prevents courts from applying foreign law in divorce, alimony and child custody actions, if doing so would violate a ...[read more]
August 16, 2013
by Endia Vereen
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma on Thursday permanently blocked an Oklahoma amendment banning courts from using international or Islamic law. The constitutional amendment would have prevented Oklahoma courts from "lookto the legal precepts of other nations or ...[read more]
January 14, 2013
by Caleb Pittman
JURIST Columnist Haider Ala Hamoudi of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that, despite Islam's proscription against collecting interest, and a constitutional provision prohibiting laws that conflict with such Islamic rulings, Iraq's courts are unlikely to declare the nation's new ...[read more]
June 8, 2012
by Caleb Pittman
JURIST Contributing Editor Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center says that despite recent legislative efforts to prevent the enforcement of international law, state governments are obligated to do so by the US Constitution...Some states and members of state legislatures have ...[read more]
May 9, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On May 9, 2011, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) urged the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit to uphold lower court ruling that temporarily blocked implementation of an amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution banning state courts ...[read more]
February 2, 2012
by Stephen Krug
JURIST Guest Columnist Abed Awad, a Partner at Awad & Khoury, LLP says that while US courts routinely encounter cases where implementing certain principles of Sharia is required, the hysteria surrounding the "intrusive" role of Sharia in US courts is extremely misguided...In November 2010, ...[read more]
January 10, 2012
by Brandon Gatto
The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Tuesday unanimously upheld a ruling blocking the implementation of an Oklahoma constitutional amendment that would have prohibited state courts from considering Islamic and international law in deciding cases. Approved by approximately 70 percent of ...[read more]
September 13, 2011
by Drew Singer
The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Monday heard arguments over whether state courts can consider international law—and in particular, Sharia law—in their decisions. State Question 755 allows state courts to look only to legal precedents of other states for guidance, provided... ...[read more]
May 10, 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Monday asked the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit to uphold a lower court ruling that blocked an Oklahoma constitutional amendment banning courts from considering international or Islamic ...[read more]

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