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Sharia law: After almost a century Greece welcomes its limited power

Sharia law: After almost a century Greece welcomes its limited power
Greece's north, bordering with Turkey, is home to some 100,000 Muslims (Muslim minority) who will, from now on, and thanks to the new legislation, voted and passed because of the support of the largest political parties in the country's parliament, be able to go before a Greek court "for divorce, child custody and inheritance matters, rather than appealing to Islamic jurists known as muftis – a system that rights groups say frequently discriminates against women", The Guardian reports.

The Greek PM, Alexis Tsipras, hailed the step and, of course the new law, calling it a "historic" one, adding that it "extended equality before the law to all Greeks".

Beforehand, Muslim litigants had to go before a religious leader, who is known as 'mufti'. That "measure" that had been passed nearly one hundred years ago, through the treaties of Sevres (1920) and Lausanne (1923), stipulated that all Muslims who had then (suddenly) become Greek citizens (after the fall of the Ottoman empire) would be tried according to both the Islamic customs and under the same kind of religious law.../IBNA

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