The New Republic's Sharia Whitewash
by Andrew G. Bostom
November 5, 2010
Analyst Reuel Marc Gerecht, in a recent New Republic essay, condemned those who "demonized" Sharia — Islamic law — despite conceding that the application of what he refers to deferentially as Islam's "Holy Law":
… can be ugly, not least for women. Westerners, especially Europeans, are quite right to be outraged by the importation of Sharia practices to their shores. And Westerners should cast a very dim eye on any financial institution that sets up Sharia-compliant offices that could, if left unchecked, discreetly normalize anti-Semitic practices in big global institutions. … [E]ven some Muslim theologians have seen the strain of despotism in Islamic history as being related to the static and authoritarian nature of Islamic legal practice.
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