Was ever anything more talked about and less known? There are several schools of Sharia, largely in agreement with each other since they are all based on the same scriptures. The most easily accessible version to English speakers is that of the Shafi’i school due to the modern translation of its manual of Islamic jurisprudence known as the “Reliance of the Traveller”.

Section O is of most direct concern to non-Muslims with its subsections on Apostasy, Jihad, the Dhimma (ie subjugated unbelievers) and the Caliphate.

It appears and disappears on the internet because of copyright issues but currently it is to be found HERE.

It would be suitable for older children.

At the same time they might usefully be told about the European Court of Human Rights case in which the court found that “Sharia was incompatible with the fundamental principles of democracy….It considered that sharia, which faithfully reflects the dogmas and divine rules laid down by religion, is stable and invariable. Principles such as pluralism in the political sphere or the constant evolution of public freedoms have no place in it”.


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