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date: 16 July 2019

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This article is divided into three parts. The first part provides a short overview of the history of Islamic law in Western Europe. The second part explains in some detail the different legal levels for the application of Islamic law in Western Europe (private international law; optional substantive law; implementation of Islamic norms; alternative dispute resolution), and describes the scope and limits of such application. The third part contains a brief introduction to the legal aspects of Islamic religious practice in the region, followed by a description of contemporary trends regarding the interpretation and handling of shari‘a norms among Muslims in Western Europe.

Keywords: Fiqh al-Aqalliyyāt, freedom of religion, Islamic law, norms (legal, religious), private law, public law

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