By Robin Griffith-Jones
Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams brought on a typhoon of protest whilst he steered that a few lodging among British legislations and Islam's shari'a legislations was once 'inevitable'. His foundational lecture brought a sequence of public discussions on Islam and English legislations on the Royal Courts of Justice and the Temple Church in London. This quantity combines built types of those discussions with new contributions. Theologians, attorneys and sociologists glance again on advancements because the Archbishop spoke, and forwards alongside trajectories opened by means of the ancient lecture. The participants offer and suggest a forward-looking discussion, asking how the rights of all voters are honoured and their duties met. Twenty experts discover the evolution of English legislations, the results of islam, shari'a and jihad, and the foundations of the ecu conference on Human Rights, family members legislation and freedom of speech. This booklet is for someone drawn to the interplay among faith and secular society.
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But there is a larger theoretical and practical issue about what it is to live under more than one jurisdiction, which takes us back to the question we began with – the role of shariqa (or indeed Orthodox Jewish practice) in relation to the routine jurisdiction of the British courts. In general, when there is a robust afﬁrmation that the law of the land should protect individuals on 6 7 8 A Bradney, ‘Faced by faith’, in Oliver, Douglas Scott and Tadros (eds), Faith in Law, supra n 5, pp 102–3. See particularly his essay with R Sandberg, ‘Is nothing sacred?
It involves a distinctive, detailed way of life. When people ask me why conversion to Judaism takes so long, I ask them to consider other cases of changed identity. How long does it take for a Briton to become an Italian, not just legally but linguistically, culturally, behaviourally? It takes time . . It is from Ruth’s reply to her mother-in-law Naomi that the basic principles of conversion are derived. She said: ‘Where you go, I will go. Where you stay, I will stay. ’ That last sentence – a mere four words in Hebrew – deﬁnes the dual nature of conversion to this day.
It is difﬁcult to declare one’s respect for democracy and human rights while at the same time supporting a regime based on Shariqa which clearly diverges from Convention values, particularly with regard to its criminal law and criminal procedure, its rules on the legal status of women and the way it intervenes in all spheres of private and public life in accordance with religious precepts. In the Court’s view, a political party whose actions seem to be aimed at introducing Shariqa in a state party to the Convention can hardly be regarded as an association complying with the democratic ideal that underlies the whole of the Convention.
Islam and English Law: Rights, Responsibilities and the Place of Shari'a by Robin Griffith-Jones