Islamic finance is growing, but politics, and perhaps prejudice, might be hamstringing this business in the United States.
In the past few years bills have been introduced in at least 20
states to forbid courts from invoking foreign laws in rulings.
Proponents have touted the bills as a way to prevent Sharia, a code
derived from Islamic law, from becoming the law of the land — a risk
that many attorneys say is nonexistent. Arizona, Louisiana and Tennessee
have passed "Sharia ban" laws, which critics call a way of scoring
political points by exploiting anti-Muslim sentiment.
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