[Marxism] The rebels and sharia

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Aug 24 07:11:21 MDT 2011

The level of ignorance about Libyan history continues to astonish 
me. This is a comment made under an article by Marxmail subscriber 
Jay Rothermel at the Kasama Project that rails against the 
"petty-bourgeoisie", especially the shopkeepers in the ISO, 
followed by my response.

David_D said:
The “uprising” was reactionary. Conservative Islamists that 
opposed the Libyan state for not hewing to sharia allied with 
exploiting class elements to destroy social rights.

Louis Proyect said
The Libyan court system under Qaddafi experienced substantial 
changes when he took over, just as the rest of the country did. 
Prior to the revolution, there were two types of courts—one for 
regular civil matters and another for issues that had some basis 
in religious law, such as family cases. Qaddafi created only one 
set of courts, based on Sharia, or Islamic law. Sharia is law that 
was developed from the teachings in the Quran and on the rulings 
of later Muslim scholars. Sharia has been in practice for more 
than one thousand years. In many places, local customs have been 
incorporated into the laws.

Many of Qaddafi’s early acts as leader demonstrated his commitment 
to establishing an Islamic Arab state. He closed non-Islamic 
places of worship. Some clothing that was considered immodest by 
Islamic teachings was outlawed, including blue jeans.

Kimberly L. Sullivan, “Muammar Al-Qaddafi’s Libya”, p. 47 (on 
Google books)

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