Sharia Law Declaration in Libya Raises Concerns

(AFP) Simon Martelli - Interim Libyan leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil said on Sunday that sharia would be Libya's principal law. "Any law that violates sharia is null and void legally," he said, citing as an example a law that imposed restrictions on polygamy, which is permitted in Islam. The announcement that Islamic sharia law will be the basis of legislation in newly liberated Libya has raised concerns of a potentially intolerant Islamist resurgence. "We did not slay Goliath so that we now live under the Inquisition," said Rim, 40, a Libyan feminist.

2011-10-25 00:00:00

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