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British courts should be able to grant Islamic divorces, Home Affairs Committee will hear

All Islamic marriages should be registered as civil marriages

British courts should be able to issue Islamic divorces by means of a specialised unit set up to protect the rights of Muslim women. According to The Guardian, that will be the advice given to the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee inquiry into the work of sharia councils.

The newspaper reports that Elham Manea, associate professor in Middle East studies at Zurich University, will also argue that there should be mandatory civil marriages alongside religious ceremonies.

Such powers would effectively make sharia councils redundant because, argues Dr Manea, Muslim women mainly have recourse to them in order to obtain Islamic divorces.

To read The Guardian report, please click here.