Al Schiavo

"The Muslim fundamentalists use a provision of Islamic law called ‘bringing to account’ (hisba)… Hisba is a medieval idea that had all [but] lapsed when the fundamentalists brought it back in the 1970s and 1980s. In this practice, any individual can use the courts to intervene in the private lives of others."Juan Cole

As Dr Cole notes, it’s lucky that we in the West have gone far beyond such medieval practices.

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