CIP Issues 3rd Report: "A Guide to Shariah Law and Islamist Ideology in Western Europe, 2007-2009"
by Irfan Al-Alawi, Stephen Suleyman Schwartz, Kamal Hasani, et al
The Center for Islamic Pluralism (CIP) has issued to the global public a major survey of Islamist penetration of five Western European countries – the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, France, and Spain – and of the ideological apparatus, supporting the introduction of Shariah law in the West, that is associated with this campaign.
The Report is posted to CIP websites (www.islamicpluralism.org, www.islamicpluralism.eu, and www.islamicpluralism.de), from which it may be downloaded as a .pdf free of charge. It includes a glossary, illustrations and an index. In addition, the text will be published in Urdu, German, and Turkish. Print copies will be available to official authorities in the affected countries, as well as to libraries and policy or academic institutions, for £100, €125, or US$150, postage included.
The Report examines the agitation for adoption of Shariah in non-Western societies, and its impact in four areas: family/schooling; institutionalization of Shariah by non-Muslim governments ("Parallel Shariah"); criminal aspects, and approach to Women. It analyzes in detail the work of the fundamentalist European Council for Fatawa and Research and examines the question of "Islamic finance." It concludes with a series of policy recommendations, including repudation of any effort to establish "parallel Shariah" in the West and a call for Muslim immigrants and especially religious functionaries to affirm their loyalty to Western countries in which they reside by signature of a sacred oath.
The text was compiled, written, and edited by the following CIP staff: international director Irfan Al-Alawi, executive director Stephen Suleyman Schwartz, general studies director Kamal Hasani, German director Veli Sirin, and UK research director Daut Dauti. Further, Qanta Ahmed, MD, wrote a supplemental section on Islamist ideology in UK medical training, and leading North American legal authority F.H. Buckley contributed a Prefatory Note. Finally, numerous Muslim colleagues – translators, reviewers, and other personnel – assisted in the production.
CIP considers this publication a major achievement in our work and emphasizes its gratitude to the donor that made it possible.