A Closer Look at Sharia in the United States

With the focus in recent years on the issue of Sharia in the United States, many myths and half-truths have arisen around the topic. The following are a series of questions and answers about Sharia in the United States, including a look at what exactly Sharia means and encompasses, how much of a real threat Sharia really poses in this country, and who is behind this campaign. The answers are revealed by clicking on each question and concealed by clicking on the question again.


Sharia in the United States

Background on the Anti-Sharia Movement:

To learn more about Sharia, please reference the following books:

The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam from the Extremists, by Khaled Abu Fadl
The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State, by Noah Feldman
The Muslim Next Door: The Qur’an, the Media, and that Veil Thing, by Sumbul Ali-Karamali
Demystifying Shariah: What it is, How it Works, and Why it’s Not Taking Over Our Country, by Sumbul Ali-Karamali

1. Matthew Duss, Yasmine Taeb, Ken Gude, and Ken Sofer, Fear, Inc. 2.0: The Islamophobia Network’s Efforts to Manufacture Hate in America. Center for American Progress, February, 2015, 6. Accessed October 13. https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/religion/report/2015/02/11/106394/fear-inc-2-0/

2. The two reports by the Center for American Progress are Wajahat Ali, Eli Clifton, Matthew Duss, Lee Fang, Scott Keyes, and Faiz Shakir, Fear, Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America: https://www.scribd.com/document/63489887/Fear-Inc-The-Roots-of-the-Islamophobia-Network-in-America and Matthew Duss, Yasmine Taeb, Ken Gude, and Ken Sofer, Fear, Inc. 2.0: The Islamophobia Network’s Efforts to Manufacture Hate in Americahttps://www.americanprogress.org/issues/religion/report/2015/02/11/106394/fear-inc-2-0/

3. Jewish Telegraphic Agency, “Jewish groups join call to mayors to denounce ‘anti-sharia’ marches,” June 9, 2017. http://www.jta.org/2017/06/09/news-opinion/politics/jewish-groups-join-call-to-mayors-to-denounce-anti-sharia-marches

4. National Conference of State Legislatures, “2017 LEGISLATION REGARDING THE APPLICATION OF FOREIGN LAW BY STATE COURTS”, http://www.ncsl.org/research/civil-and-criminal-justice/2017-legislation-regarding-the-application-of-foreign-law-by-state-courts.aspx

5. Ibid.