Professor Asifa Quraishi-Landes, an expert in Islamic law and U.S. constitutional law, wrote "How anti-Shariah marches mistake Muslim concepts of state and religious law" in response to more than two dozen 'Marches Against Sharia' planned in U.S. cities for June 9. Regarding the distinction, she explains:
Shariah is not 'law' in our common use of the term. In the West, law is thought of as something that the state does. But the rules of Shariah don’t come from a state. This is why the phrase 'Shariah law' is really confusing.
The essay was published by Religion News Service on June 8, 2017.
Quraishi-Landes's expertise has been featured in other programs and publications as well:
- On KUOW radio, "Want to argue about 'sharia'? Here's what it means," June 9, 2017.
- On Syracuse.com, "Dueling protest in Syracuse: ACT for Americans and counter protest group face off," June 10, 2017.
Submitted by Karen Koethe on June 13, 2017