Archbishop backs sharia law for British Muslims
David Batty and Fred Attewill
Thursday February 7, 2008
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA
The Archbishop of Canterbury sparked controversy today when he said the introduction of sharia law for British Muslims was “unavoidable”.Rowan Williams told BBC Radio 4’s World at One that Muslims should be able to choose whether to have matters such as marital disputes dealt with under sharia law or the British legal system.
His comments were strongly criticised by the National Secular Society but welcomed by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), which stressed it did not back the introduction of sharia criminal law.