Crossing Borders with Shariah The Role of Islamic Law in German Courts

Chancellor Angela Merkel recently said that Islamic law has no place in Germany. But she was wrong: German courts have long used elements of Shariah in some verdicts. It is an "expression of globalization," says one legal expert.
A Muslim man at a mosque in the Berlin neighborhood of Kreuzberg.

A Muslim man at a mosque in the Berlin neighborhood of Kreuzberg.

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