How should decisions about religious law be regarded by civil legal systemThe legal system based on Sharia.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that the answers you develop here should merely serve as  a prologue to further research and thought about the topic.  The concept of the sharia is going to be something that requires depth and delving into thought.  I think that the question makes the assumption that the civil legal system is separate from the religious one.  In the Sharia conception of justice, it seems that the latter envelops the former.  The presence of Islamic tenets and beliefs envelop the civil law setting.  Unlike other Western forms of jurisprudence where religion stops short of the civil setting, Sharia demands that the legal system is to be fit around the premise of the religion.  Religious laws are the only laws.  Having said this, the link below features different examples where one really sees the strong presence of civil law ideas within the religious one.  In the end, the law of Sharia compels one to believe that religion is the force that regards the civil law system, and not the other way around.