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Shariah courts and coercion of women

Reader comment on item: Which Privileges for Islam?

Submitted by C.Salton (United States), Mar 22, 2005 at 18:34

>....oppose any role for Shariah, a medieval body of law, in public life today, but as long as women are truly not coerced (create an ombudsman to ensure this?)<

In the Q'uran, Mohammed specifically authorizes and encourages Muslim men to beat their wives for "disobedience." Unless one were to permanently park an ombudsman inside every Muslim household in Canada, I very much doubt that women would be free of coercion when appearing before such a "court."

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