Libya: Sharia Law

Say Sharia law to many in the West and they cringe or criticize thinking polygamy or punishment. Suggest it in an Arab country and some might embrace the banning of interest rates and laws that reflect belief. There are no easy answers or even quick interpretations of Sharia Law but there are already condemnations after Libya's interim leader mused about bringing in law based on Islamic scripture ... Sharia. Today, we're looking at the expectation and trepidation through the eyes of two Libyan women.

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Libya: Sharia Law - Ali Al Aujali

We started this segment with a clip from Mustafa Abdul Jalil, Libya's interim leader, making history Sunday in Benghazi .... ushering in a future without Moammar Gadhafi. Tens of thousands of Libyans are exhilarated by the end of the dictator's life - and rule. But even as four decades of cruelty crumbled into memory, many Libyans and westerners alike were surprised by an announcement from the transitional government ... Sharia law - based on Islamic scripture - will be the foundation for the new Libya.

Many westerners, especially, equate Sharia with polygamy and stoning people to death. So the thought that the new Libya will be ruled by Sharia law has left a lot of people unsettled. To better understand the announcement, and what it means, we were joined by Ali Al Aujali. He is Libya's Ambassador to the United States. And he was in Washington, D.C. this morning.

Libya: Sharia Law

We wanted the view of women on this. Khadija Ali is a freelance journalist involved in the youth movement in Tripoli. And Nadia Naas was born in Libya and left with her mother when she was 12. She works as a DJ and sound engineer in Zurich, Switzerland. That's where she joined us today.

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