Recently, the parliament of the failed state of Somalia voted in favor of Shariah law in that hapless country. Some in the West have actually welcomed the move in the name of “stability.” Ironically, this was the exact same reaction that some in the West–including the US State Department– had when the Taliban took over in Afghanistan.

I was asked to write a short essay on this development for the University of Pittsburgh School of Law’s Jurist Hotline:


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