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Britain launches review into Sharia courts

A Sharia Law supporter (L) argues with a demonstrator at an anti-Sharia law demonstration in Hyde Park, central London on November 21, 2009The British government on Thursday said it had launched an independent review into possible discriminatory practices against women in informal courts using Sharia law in England and Wales. “A number of women have reportedly been victims of what appear to be discriminatory decisions taken by Sharia councils, and that is a significant concern,” interior minister Theresa May said in a statement. The review will be chaired by Islamic studies expert Mona Siddiqui who will lead a panel of academic and religious experts and “will help us better understand whether and the extent to which Sharia law is being misused or exploited and make recommendations to the government on how to address this,” May said.

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