Who Says Shari’a Demands the Stoning of Women? A Description of Islamic Law and Constitutionalism

By: Asifa Quraishi-Landes

“I titled this presentation “Who Says Shari’a Demands the Stoning of Women?” And I mean the “who says” in a couple of different ways. First, quite literally: “Who says?” “Who says that?” I think it’s pretty easy to think about the question and say, well, it’s in the news. In the news, a lot of Muslims around the world seem to say that about shari’a. And it seems to come from both lay people and those in authority and government positions. And then there are the various commentators and international women’s organizations, and human rights organizations that are lobbying against various applications of Islamic law—they might say something like that about shari’a too.”

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