November 15, 2019 Feature

Sharia and Family Law: Public Policy and Recent Cases

Christine Albano & Laura W. Morgan

There seems to be a bit of confusion, and possibly madness, overtaking some legal circles, based on the fear that “Sharia law is coming to the United States,” leading state legislatures to introduce anti-Sharia law bills. See, for example, Sharia Has Come to Texas, a 2017 Slate magazine article by Aymann Ismail and Jeffrey Bloomer; a 2015 report from the Center for Security Policy, Shariah in American Courts: The Expanding Incursion of Islamic Law in the U.S. Legal System; and Swathi Shanmugasundaram’s Anti-Sharia Law Bills in the United States, published with the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2018.

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