The Status of Islamic Law in Sri Lanka
December 16, 2010 4 Comments
Emory University has a brief outline of the Sri Lankan legal system and its relationship to Islamic Law.
The article gives a historical overview and a description of the current state of this strange relationship between a supposedly secular legal system and Islamic Law. Note that the article in question is a draft.
While I don’t necessarily agree with the author, this article also gives some insight into the matter and points out that the Muslim Women’s Research and Action Forum (MWRAF) has in fact attempted to reform the existing system (to some extent).
MWRAF strives to empower women to realize their full potential, locating itself in the local as well as the larger socio-political context, challenging given ‘codes and norms’, while addressing emerging issues that directly affect people’s lives.
Its a start 🙂
An excellent overview of how the legal system of Sri Lanka functions can be found here. The role of Islamic Law is touched upon in brief. This is great reading if you need a quick primer on the components of the legal system and how the system works.
This is a response to those of you who requested a little more information on the establishment of 58 Qazi courts in Sri Lanka and the questions posed on the rise of wahabism in the island.