Muslim migrant women with poor English skills may be told to leave Britain

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Muslim women in England will be offered English classes and tested within three years of arrival or they may be asked ot leave Britain.  REUTERS/Luke MacGregor/files

Muslim women in England will be offered English classes and tested within three years of arrival or they may be asked ot leave Britain. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor/files

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The prime minister said immigrant women without language skills were isolated by their husbands and more vulnerable to extremist ideologies.

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  • “Britain’s Sharia councils give advice and sometimes rulings based on Islamic law and principles to the nation’s Muslim community.”

    What does British Civil Law say about Sharia? Where is that information?
    Otherwise it is a good report.

    Sharia Religious decrees cannot be allowed to supersede National Law.
    How such open-mindedness about religious ‘tolerance’ progressed this far is still a mystery to me.

    I’m so glad to be an American where Sharia Law is ignored by the legal system in the same way Catholic Catechism is ignored. Separation of Church and State is a condition of American life.

  • Garson Abuita

    Max, the British Shariah courts mainly function on matrimonial matters. They can dissolve religious marriages, but only the secular court system can dissolve a legal marriage. In this sense it’s not that different from the US, even the Jewish Beth Din court system, at least on paper. But women may be getting effectively trapped in marriages, if they would be seen as a pariah in the Muslim community if they just left the marriage without the imprimatur of the religious system.
    Additionally, a British bar association recently published a practice note on how to draw up Shariah-compliant wills. These could be seen as discriminatory, as male heirs are given twice what female heirs get, and non-Muslim heirs may get nothing. But such wills would be legal under British law, and US law as well — if that’s what the testator desires.