Dalia Mogahed, Barack Obama's adviser on Muslim affairs, appeared on British television last week, where she said: "Sharia is not well understood and Islam as a faith is not well understood." How have we misunderstood Islamic law? We have associated it with "maximum criminal punishments" and "laws that... to many people seem unequal to women." The Western view of Sharia was "oversimplified," said Barack Obama's adviser on Muslim affairs; most Muslim women worldwide, she said, associate it with "gender justice."
Here's some gender justice straight out of the Koran, the Islamic holy book that forms the basis of Sharia. As I explain in my book The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran, the Koran declares that a woman's testimony is worth half that of a man: "Get two witnesses, out of your own men, and if there are not two men, then a man and two women, such as ye choose, for witnesses, so that if one of them errs, the other can remind her" (2:282). It rules that a son's inheritance should be twice the size of that of a daughter: "Allah (thus) directs you as regards your children's (inheritance): to the male, a portion equal to that of two females" (4:11).