Title

Shari'a in U.S. Courts

Presenter

Caroline Burnett

Abstract

For many years, especially in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, a prejudiced view of Muslims and the religion of Islam has existed in the United States. One aspects of the religion that is continually attacked is Shari’a, or Islamic law. I analyze the presence of Shari’a in the American legal system and how it is handled in the courts in light of this prejudice against Muslims. I examine court cases and legal documents in seeking to answer the question: What does the presence of Shari’a in the U.S. and, more specifically, in our legal system say about religious tolerance in a society that prides itself on diversity?

Faculty Sponsor

Lauren Osborne

Tracks

Power and Politics

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Olin 138

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

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Shari'a in U.S. Courts

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For many years, especially in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, a prejudiced view of Muslims and the religion of Islam has existed in the United States. One aspects of the religion that is continually attacked is Shari’a, or Islamic law. I analyze the presence of Shari’a in the American legal system and how it is handled in the courts in light of this prejudice against Muslims. I examine court cases and legal documents in seeking to answer the question: What does the presence of Shari’a in the U.S. and, more specifically, in our legal system say about religious tolerance in a society that prides itself on diversity?

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