THE most prestigious law school in Australia has two courses which call for elements of sharia law to be recognised in the mainstream legal system — including allowances for polygamy and lowering the age of consent.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham has spoken out about teaching sharia law at university. Picture: Jason Sammon
One of the Sydney University courses, Muslim Minorities And The Law, is taught by Salim Farrar and Dr Ghena Krayem and it uses a book the pair wrote as “the monograph upon which the unit of study bases its teaching”.
The Daily Telegraph can reveal the book claims “sharia and common law are not inherently incompatible” and that police’s failures to accommodate Islamic religious identity during operations was hampering the fight against Islamist terrorism.
Dr Ghena Krayem teaches one of the Sydney University courses, Muslim Minorities And The Law, with Salim Farrar.
Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham has warned universities that religion has no place in the law.
“Equality of the law, under the law and before the law should be one of the first principles in our law schools,” he told The Daily Telegraph.
“We all operate under the one legal framework in Australia, applied consistently to all and that is not a matter for negotiation.”…