Shariah courts in Canada, Myth and reality
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Ahmad Kitty & Faisal Kitty
Discrimination, Islamophobia, Social justice
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Kutty, A., & Kutty, F. (2004, March 10). Shariah courts in Canada, Myth and Reality. IslamiCity. 


During the early 2000’s, the Islamic Institute of Civil Justice proposed to formalize alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in Ontario. However, the proposal was met with opposition. Laced with Islamophobic rhetoric, critics of the implementation of ADR argued that ADR would lead  to the enforcement of Islamic Law (sharia) across the country and exponentially harm women. Other groups and communities, however, have been more successful in implementing ADR such as rabbinical courts. The process of implementing ADR exists within the Canadian legal framework and will allow communities, such as Muslims, to resolve issues based on Islamic traditions. It is also important to acknowledge the potential issues that may arise with the implementation of ADR.


The Teaching Against Islamophobia resources were developed with funding support from the Law Foundation of BC, and the Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies at SFU.


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