MPs launch inquiry into sharia courts in UK

MPs on the Commons home affairs committee have launched an inquiry into the operation of sharia courts in the UK to ensure their principles are compatible with British law.

The announcement follows the establishment of a similar investigation by the Home Office last month.

Among the topics on which the committee is seeking evidence are: the range of services offered by sharia councils, reasons for their use, and how sharia law deals with family, divorce, domestic violence and child custody cases.

The inquiry will also look into the extent to which sharia councils might discriminate against women, and how they are funded.