Shariah or not, Muslim divorces can get tricky

(RNS) Islamic marriages typically include a basic marriage contract — but when it comes time to divorce, some judges see the dowry as a simple contract, others as a prenuptial agreement, and others as a strictly religious matter in which they don’t want to get involved. By Omar Sacirbey.

Muslims to gather to combat anti-Shariah movement

(RNS) Some 15,000 Muslims are expected at this weekend’s 37th annual convention of the Islamic Circle of North America, the second largest Muslim convention in the country, where attempts to ban Islamic law are expected to take center stage. By Omar Sacirbey.

Anti-Shariah movement loses steam in state legislatures

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(RNS) One year ago, more than 20 state legislatures had either passed or were considering bills that prohibited judges from considering Islamic law, known as Shariah, in their decisions. But the anti-Shariah juggernaut has stumbled in recent weeks. By Omar Sacirbey.