Whose afraid of Sharia?

Islamic financial laws are readily accepted in the marketplace, but not its justice

A spectre haunts the West and it is Islam. And nothing says Islam like sharia, that legal framework that conjures up images of women being caned for drinking, stoned for adultery and men having their hands chopped off for stealing.

But sharia also means Islamic finance and, with a market worth an estimated $A1.65 trillion by 2012, every bank and banking hub is trying to get in on the action.


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