Ban on sharia law

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A ban on sharia law is legislation that would ban the application or implementation of Islamic law (sharia) in courts in any jurisdiction.


United States

In November 2010, voters in Oklahoma considered a ballot measure to amend the state constitution to ban sharia from state courts.[1] The measure was overwhelmingly approved by voters[2], then updated to include all foreign or religious laws.[3] The ban was blocked in November 2010 by a federal judge who ruled the law to be unconstitutional and blocked the state from putting it into effect.[4][not in citation given][5] That ruling and injunction were upheld by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals on January 10, 2012.[6]

More than two dozen U.S. states have considered measures intended to restrict judges from consulting sharia law. According to David Yerushalmi, one of the leading advocates of such legislation in the U.S., the purpose of the anti-sharia movement is not the legislation which bans consideration of sharia law in the courts, but to attract the attention to sharia in general.[7]

Some Republican members of the United States Congress endorsed a new memorandum, based on a Center for Security Policy (CSP) report, Shariah: The Threat to America, at a press conference in the U.S. Capitol.[8]

During the lead-up to Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign 2012, he described sharia law as a "mortal threat" and called for its ban throughout America.[9]

A court order in January 2012 ruled that it is unconstitutional to ban sharia law, after a CAIR official challenged it.[10]

Middle East and North Africa

Although Turkey is a Muslim-majority country, since Kemal Ataturk's years in office, sharia law has been banned.[11][verification needed]

Some forms of sharia law were banned before the 2011 uprising in Tunisia.[12]

See also


  1. ^ Ure, Laurie (November 1, 2010). "Oklahoma voters face question on Islamic law". CNN. Retrieved November 9, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Sharia law banned: Oklahoma to become the first U.S. state to veto use of Islamic code". Daily Mail (London). November 2, 2010. 
  3. ^ Tanya Somanader Oklahoma’s New Bill To Block Sharia Law Will Now Ban All Religious Law, Hurt Businesses at blog of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, March 22, 2011
  4. ^ Michel Martin States Move To Ban Islamic Sharia Law at NPR radio network, March 11, 2011
  5. ^ McKinley Jr, James C. (November 29, 2010). "Judge Blocks Oklahoma's Ban on Using Shariah Law in Court". The New York Times. 
  6. ^ Eckholm, Erik (January 10, 2012). "Oklahoma: Court Upholds Blocking of Amendment Against Shariah Law". The New York Times. 
  7. ^ Elliott, Andrea (July 30, 2011). "The Man Behind the Anti-Shariah Movement". The New York Times. Retrieved August 9, 2011. 
  8. ^ Daniel Luban Forget 'Ground Zero Mosque', It's the Great Sharia Conspiracy at Inter Press Service September 16, 2011
  9. ^ Newt Gingrich: I'd Support A Muslim Running For President Only If They'd Commit To Give Up Sharia Huffington Post. Retrieved 5 February 2012
  10. ^ Oklahoma Sharia law ban 'unconstitutional', court rules retrieved 6 February 2012
  11. ^ Janin, Hunt; Kahlmeyer, André (2007). Islamic Law: the Sharia from Muhammad's Time to the Present. McFarland and Co.. p. 165. ISBN 0786429216. 
  12. ^ Group, Oxford Business. The Report: Tunisia 2010. p. 54. ISBN 9781907065187.