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Sharia Law (Islamic Law)

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Sharia Law (Islamic Law)
Examples of Sharia Law
The purpose of the law is to show people the basic rules and standards to follow in this world in order to please the god of Islam, Allah.
There are laws on hygiene, attire, diet, marriage, murder and violent crimes, sexual offences, and more.
Breaking these laws result in punishments, the severity of which depending on the extent of the crime.
Punishments include reprimands, banishment, imprisonment, stoning, flogging, beheadings, amputations, and even death.
Examples of laws:
Women are required to dress modestly and wear a hijab.

Girls can get married as soon they begin their first period.

Homosexuality is forbidden.

Apostasy is illegal and punishable by death.

Only halal food can be eaten; things like pork and alcohol are not allowed
Relevance
The Sharia Law is not applicable to contemporary law because it is simply outdated.
Although laws against murder, theft, etc are shared by our society, there are still quite a few that are considered outdated by our
Western culture. Things like wearing a hijab, getting married at a young age, not being able to eat non-halal food, and submission to God do not reflect Western values.
Social Values
The Sharia Law was created in a time called The Islamic Golden Age, where Islam was spreading through the Middle East and other parts of the world.
Muslim people believed that the Quran was divinely inspired, and therefore wrote the Islamic Law based on the rules in the Quran.
The law were also influenced by the culture and values of that time.
Culture and Time Period
Sharia Law is the religious law of Islam.
It became a law during the 8th and 9th centuries , and is still practiced today in some countries.
Since it is a product of Islam, it applies only to countries that practice the religion, countries in the Middle East and parts of Africa.
It is based on the Quran and the Sunnah.
Also, there are laws such as:

Only men can ask for a divorce
A woman who is raped needs to have 4 witnesses to prove it happened.
A person who converts to another faith can be killed
Women can only have half of what a man can have.
Polygamy is legal


Key Terms
Key terms:

Apostasy
- Conversion to another faith.

Polygamy
- The practice of having more than one wife or husband at the same time.

Halal
- Food allowed or prepared according to the Islamic Law.

Flogging
- Beating or whipping a person.

Sunnah
- Muhammad's teachings and practices.
Bibliography

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/538793/Shariah


http://www.islamawareness.net/Shariah/sh_article003.html


http://www.angelfire.com/bc3/johnsonuk/eng/dawa/sharia.html


http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/28083


http://www.secularism.org.uk/blog/2013/02/here-is-why-sharia-law-has-no-place-in-britain-or-elsewhere


http://regentsprep.org/Regents/global/themes/goldenages/islam.cfm
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