Muslim and American?  Straddling Islamic Law and U.S. Justice

Muslim and American? Straddling Islamic Law and U.S. Justice
Mark E. Hanshaw
June 2010

ISBN-13:  978-1-59332-394-3 / Hardcover
Dimensions:  5.5 x 8.5 / x, 300 pages

Price   $80.00


Hanshaw explores the often competing demands that confront American Muslims from Islamic religious law and secular law. The conflict extends into many aspects of daily life, ranging from issues concerning divorce and child custody to the interpretation of contracts. The receptivity of U.S. courts to claims rooted in Islamic legal principles has been uneven, leaving Muslims in a state of uncertainty. As well, U.S. courts have often struggled to interpret Islamic law provisions. At the heart of Hanshaw’s legal analysis lies the very personal question of whether weaknesses in U.S. judicial processes serve to inhibit the free and full exercise of the Islamic faith.

About the Author

Mark E. Hanshaw is an assistant professor of comparative Religious studies at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas. He holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies and a J.D. He previously served as senior advisor to the U.S. Under Secretary for Export Administration. He is a Fulbright Scholar and a Rotary International Fellow.