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Law Firm Adds Muslim Imam to Roster as Adviser on Shariah Law

Posted May 10, 2010 11:47 AM CDT
By Martha Neil

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In a move that is being billed as the first of its kind in Australia, a Melbourne law firm is putting a Muslim imam on its roster as a consultant on shariah law.

This will allow Logie-Smith Lanyon to draft documents and resolve issues in matters ranging from commercial contracts to divorce agreements in accord not only with Australian law but Islamic religious law, reports the Age.

The firm's new consultant is Sheikh Mohamadu Nawas, who is a member of the Australian National Council of Imams. ''In other countries, Shariah courts deal with these issues, but here we don't have this, so we are trying to promote Shariah compliance in advance,'' he tells the newspaper.

His work will not involve criminal matters, the Age notes.

Related earlier coverage:

ABA Journal: "Practicing on Faith"

ABAJournal.com: "Non-Muslims Turn to Shariah Courts in UK to Resolve Civil Disputes"

ABAJournal.com: "Cultural Clash Pits Islamic Law Against Canadian & U.K. Traditions"

ABAJournal.com: "Archbishop Ignites U.K. Firestorm With Support of Islamic Religious Law"

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