Australia’s most prestigious law school has introduced courses which teach students how sharia law could be incorporated into Australia’s legal system.
As part of Muslim Minorities And The Law, professors Salim Farrar and Dr Ghena Krayem are teaching Sydney University students how polygamy and lowering the age of consent could be sufficiently applied to Western civilisation.
The course uses a book, written by the professors, that promotes the idea that “sharia law and common law are not inherently incompatible”.
A portion of the textbook identifies the benefits of turning away from monogamous relationships and notes how sharia law does not recognise the minimum age in marriage.
“There is no minimum age for a contract of marriage, but it should not be consummated if that would cause harm to the putative spouse,” the book reads.
“Whilst some have argued that there may be reasons for changing marriage laws to include polygamous marriages... there have not been any proposals for any legislative amendment proposed by the Muslim communities in our Common Law jurisdictions.”
Sharia law is Islam’s most religious law and the prospect of its integration into western civilisation has long been condemned given its sometimes radical sentencing recommendations.
However, the Sydney academics believe otherwise.
“When we move to actual recognition in the courts, we will argue that there is much evidence of compatibility… we will suggest that ‘accommodation’ is not enough and that as liberal democratic societies, we should move towards notion of ‘recognition’,” they state in their book.
The law course also takes aim at judges for denouncing Muslim values during sentencing.
“Where found guilty of transgressing Western values, for example in gender equality, or violating national security, courts have clearly communicated their denunciation of ‘traditional’ or conservative Muslim values when sentencing, dispensing exemplary sentences and announcing aggravating factors, even when the written law does not explicitly demand it.”
A university spokesman told News Corp the course was optional and would offer students a basic understanding of the sources of Islamic law.