An article on Sharia in the Jan. 3 issue of Congressional Quarterly Global Researcher quotes Rice Distinguished Professor Raj Bhala and cites his latest book, "Understanding Islamic Law."
After a proposed constitutional amendment to ban Oklahoma courts from using Islamic Sharia law fell in the federal appeals court, experts around the country examined the tenuous legal nature of these measures.
The International Business Times wrote:
In some interpretations of Shariah, a husband is permitted to beat a wife who fails to fulfill her responsibilities. The penal codes, which call for severe punishment of certain crimes, have also drawn a lot of attention. KU law professor Raj Bhala, who teaches Shariah, explains the punishment for shoplifting.
A Bloomberg article on the case of the soldier who allegedly killed 16 Afghan civilians featured Raj Bhala, Rice Distinguished Professor of Law.
Lerman and Stern wrote:
Raj Bhala, a scholar on Islamic law at the University of Kansas School of Law in Lawrence, said Sharia law also recognizes mental impairment as a legitimate defense.
Whether the Afghan public would accept such a defense in this case “really depends on how clearly and comprehensively this would be presented to them,” he said in an interview.
The Topeka Capital-Journal recently covered a measure in the Kansas Legislature that would attempt to keep the influence of Sharia, or Islamic law, out of the courtroom. Sharia expert and Rice Distinguished Professor Raj Bhala was interviewed for the story, and he called the bill "wrong-headed."
A Topeka Capital-Journal story on the passage of a controversial law aimed at Kansas courts quoted Raj Bhala, professor of law, who spoke out against it.
Raj Bhala, a Catholic professor at KU who teaches sharia as part of international trade law, said earlier in the session that the bill could be devastating to businesses in Kansas that have contracts with multinationals.
The Kansas Legislature's passage of a ban against state court or agencies making any rule based on foreign law, namely, Sharia, continues to spark controversy. Rice Distinguished Professor Raj Bhala lent his opinion to the ongoing debate.
Raj Bhala, professor of law at the University of Kansas School of Law, said the fear of Shariah is irrational, based on ignorance not only of Islamic law but also American law that prohibits cruel and unusual punishment and provides protection for women and children.