[Marxism] The rebels and sharia
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.
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
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