Theresa May: We need to review Shari’a law

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The Home Secretary, Theresa May, has announced an independent investigation into the application of Shari’a law in England and Wales.

During a speech on Islamic extremism, Ms May stated that there are problems, such as the divorce of Muslim women, that need to be examined in order for us to know the full extent.

She stated that there is evidence of women being “divorced” under Shari’a law and left in penury, and others who are forced to return to abusive relationships due to the husband’s right to “chastise” his wife. Furthermore, there is an inherent inequality, as the Shari’a councils give a woman’s testimony less weight than that of a man’s.

Learn a bit more about Islamic marriage and divorce, and read the full text of Ms May’s speech on extremism.

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