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Brussels, Feb 25, IRNA
Sharia laws have a broad space to follow and certainly parts of Sharia are applicable in Europe since it concerns religious norms like praying, fasting, building of mosques, according to Professor Dr. Matthias Rohe, a judge at the court of appeals in the German city of Nuremberg and an expert on Islamic law.
In an interview with IRNA, Rohe said even some legal aspects of Sharia are applicable in Europe.
He noted that in two countries in Europe, Bulgaria and Thrace in Greece, Muslims are living under Sharia law.
The freedom of religion is granted in all European societies, said Rohe who was in Brussels to take part in a conference on multiculturalism.
"We would accept that in other countries there are other set of rules which to some extent would contradict our ideas and our rules." "But to a certain extent we are ready to accept these kind of differences and would apply the norms. When people cross the border, when they come to us we wouldn't destroy their family structures even if we wouldn't agree to this model because people are already relying on it," said the German professor.
He cited a example of mehr agreement in Islamic marriage law which would be acceptable under German family law.
Rohe who has worked on Muslim laws in India said there is a pluralistic system of personal laws there.
So the Hindus follow their laws, Christian their laws and Muslim their own personal law but which is not the European model.
In Europe you have the model of a unique law which creates individual regulations.
"We don't separate communities and give them their own personal laws. Our approach is to give individual freedom to create legal relations under the same rule of law," he added.