Via Ben Myers comes this useful analysis of Rowan Williams’ lecture by Mike Higton. It’s a long piece, but helpfully broken down into a very brief summary, a longer summary of the key points and a detailed analysis. Here’s a taster:
Williams suggests that the main areas where some such accommodation is likely to be possible: ‘aspects of marital law, the regulation of financial transactions and authorised structures of mediation and conflict resolution’. And, as he said in the accompanying radio interview, ‘as a matter of fact certain provisions of sharia are already recognised in our society and under our law.’ Williams is arguing not for a radical departure, but for some fine judgments about the possible extension of our existing practice - fraught with difficulty though such extension will be.
A really excellent article, that I hope will be widely read.