Monday, July 13, 2009

Parallel Systems of Law for Muslims and Others

The NRC Handelsblad daily published an opinion article which stated that some mosques in the Netherlands are marrying and divorcing people illegally. Sometimes this involves polygamous weddings. There are also weddings of minors. The Islamic rules concerning marriage, divorce, alimony, guardianship, parental authority and inheritance are being applied, although they are often against Dutch law. In fact, two parallel legal systems exist in the Netherlands. There are Dutch laws which in fact are not being applied to certain Muslims.

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