"Parallel Universe" of Islamic Courts Operating in Britian

October 1, 2003

Source: Chicago Tribune


On October 1, 2003 the Chicago Tribune ran a story on Islamic courts in Britian: "During the past decade, a parallel universe of Islamic jurisprudence has sprouted across Britain. Shariah courts can be found in almost every large city. In London, different Muslim immigrant groups--the Somalis in Woolwich, for example--have established ad hoc courts that cater to their community's needs. Most operate quietly. No one knows how many of these courts are operating in Britain."