‘’Sharia law is a distillation of rulings that purport to represent the divine diktat in all worldly affairs. It provides injunctions for the conduct of criminal, public and even international law. Marriage and divorce, the custody of children, alimony, sexual impropriety and much else come within its remit. Sharia courts claim authority over the private lives of individuals in a way that is contrary to the British tradition where, as David Green points out in his introduction, 'in our legal system no punishments can be applied to individuals who fail to live up to religious requirements'.
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Today the Dutch Minister of Justice decided to start in investigation in the Netherlands if there are Sharia courts operating in the Netherlands as well. There is already a trend towards ‘parallel societies’ where Non-Western immigrants often with a Muslim background live a separate life.