Sharia Law we’ve been hearing about this all over the place lately. It’s a tentpole of the Taliban, and it’s what ISIS wants for Iraq and Syria. It’s also used in the legal systems of the United Arab Emirates. But obviously those are very different groups and situations. So, what is Sharia law Well, there’s no set list of things that are, or aren’t, Sharia Law. In Arabic, Sharia is roughly translated to path to the watering hole and it refers to a system meant to control all aspects of its followers’ lives. That includes daily routines, familial and.
Religious obligations, and financial dealings. It prescribes punishments, but those punishments don’t necessarily have to be draconian or harsh. If the particular sect of Islam that wrote those Sharia laws is more focused on charity and loose interpretations of the Quran, then they wouldn’t include things like stoning or amputation. In the vast majority of Muslim communities, an eye for an eye is seen as an analogy not as a literal instruction. But extremist groups, like ISIS and the Taliban, have a more literal interpretation of the Quran and other teachings, so their version of Sharia Law includes things like stoning.
And the oppression of women. and an eye for an eye. Like with all laws, it comes down to who is making the law and how they’re enforcing it. When we talk about militant Jihadists, it’s important to include their desire for Sharia Law in the conversation because the goal of establishing Sharia law reveals a lot about these groups. The teachings that these extremists use, are from the 7th and 8th centuries a time when institutionalized slavery, honor killings, and the general oppression of women were the norm. So if a group is taking these teachings literally, then we can expect to see a lot.