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Taqqiya in the service of sharia Sir: The continuing campaign by Islamic organisations for the recognition of sharia-compliant wills and prenuptial agreements on the basis that they reflect their cultural values provides a striking illustration of the practice of taqqiya, or strategic dissimulation to advance the interests of Islam. It also brings to mind the aphorism that cultural relativism favours the interests of the powerful, and compounds the subordinate status of those who are disadvantaged under such allegedly culturally sanctioned arrangements. In the most recent skirmish, the Federation of Islamic Organisations seeks to present the unequal distribution of deceased estates as…

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