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  • Religious Laws in US and state courts?

    March 7, 2013 | By lgolemon
    Categories: Students, Faculty, Public, Executive Director

    Should the ruling of religious courts be consulted in U.S. and state law?   This is one of the questions addressed by Dr. Azizah Al-Hibri and Dr. Richard Jones at the annual Al-Alwani lectures of the Consortium–held at the El-Hibri Charitable Foundation on Feb. 28.   Dr. Al-Hibri noted how “expert witnesses” already provide information about religious laws to US and state courts, and Dr. Jones added that religious law can provide ethical norms for shaping legal traditions and decisions.     Already, courts are referred to judgments by beth din of Judaism, polity laws of Christian denominations, so why not the laws of Muslim communities as well?  None of this means trumping the Law of the Land, but instead making that law responsive to various communities of faith, all of which are protected by the Constitution.