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Domestic Violence and Anti-Sharia Laws

posted on June 19, 2012

At First Things, Matthew Schmitz challenges David Goldman’s views on the negative role Sharia law plays in the domestic life of American Muslims. Goldman, a former editor at First Things, asserts that Muslim households in America experience high rates of physical violence, due to the fact that Sharia law legitimizes spousal abuse. Schmitz refutes this claim, stating that Muslim women have a “notably low rate of domestic abuse” when compared to the population of U.S. women as a whole. “Whatever the merits of Goldman’s readings of the Islamic theory of authority in the household,” Schmitz writes, “the actual situation among American Muslims is not near so dire as he suggests.”

Read at First Things