Choosing Sharia?

Multiculturalism, Islamic Fundamentalism & Sharia Councils

By Machteld Zee

Proponents of multiculturalism do not usually subscribe to Islamist goals. Yet, across Europe, these are being furthered. Sharia councils are deeply at odds with Western moral and legal principles of equality, freedom, and justice. However, high-profile multiculturalists tend to present a romanticized view of these councils, which obscures both the ideology that motivates them and their practical consequences. Are Sharia councils a legitimate expression of the longing for identity, as multiculturalists claim? What do Islamists really want? And why do multiculturalists find it so difficult to counter their claims? This book explores the implications of multiculturalism and Islamic fundamentalism. It provides a vivid account of what really goes on inside Sharia councils, and it discusses the challenges they pose to liberal democracy. With impressive clarity and vital importance, the book offers insight into two ideologies crucial to Europe's future. *** "Author Machteld Zee draws upon direct experience observing Sharia councils as well as individual case studies as she analyzes the problem and prospective solutions. Choosing Sharia? is highly recommended." --Midwest Book Review, Library Bookwatch: September 2016, The Social Issues Shelf *** Librarians: ebook available [Subject: Civil Law, Human Rights Law, Comparative Law, Islamic Law, Religious Law]

Publication Date: 2/23/2016
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9789462366343

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