Sharia Law Countries

Name the eleven countries that use Islamic law at a national level for both criminal proceedings and family law.
According to Wikipedia
Many other countries use it for family law only, or have specific localities that use it
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Last updated: January 10, 2020
First submittedNovember 14, 2016
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Country
Afghanistan
Brunei
Iran
Iraq
Country
Maldives
Mauritania
Pakistan
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Saudi Arabia
Sudan
Yemen
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Level 76
Nov 14, 2016
Did not expect Maldives to be on this list.
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Level 67
Nov 14, 2016
They've been heavily influenced by Saudi Arabia. According to the government it's 100% Muslim.
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Level 73
Oct 20, 2021
It hasn't been heavily influenced by Saudi Arabia. And its people have overwhelmingly been Muslim since the 13th Century, at the latest.
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Level 51
Nov 14, 2016
I believe Brunei should be included for 11 total
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Level 70
Dec 28, 2016
Yeah, i did wonder why it wasn't on the list. Quiz probably just needs updated.
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Level ∞
Apr 4, 2019
Now updated
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Level 75
Nov 14, 2016
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Level 63
Nov 14, 2016
The quiz says the countries use Islamic law for judicial and personal issues. Nigeria is like a mixture and not all of the country uses Sharia Law the same way.
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Level ∞
Nov 15, 2016
Yep
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Level 51
May 25, 2019
It's not universal law, it's only legal in Muslim-majority areas, unlike the rest of these. Gamer1162 is right in saying the country is like a mixture in terms of legal codes.
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Level 73
Nov 15, 2016
Aren't there a few provinces of Malaysia and Indonesia that use Shariah law too?
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Level 63
Nov 15, 2016
Read my above comment. It applies to Indonesia as well
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Level 75
Dec 28, 2016
Always remember that Aceh has a lot of particularities. Indonesia had to make concessions on a lot of issues regarding the region, just to squelch the lingering unrest and not let it escalate into a full-fledged civil war like in East Timor. This way, they were able to retain Aceh into their realm and did not end up with a fouth island shared with another country.
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Level 60
Nov 15, 2016
A new quiz gets taken so many times, but there is no rating of the quiz by any. Something wrong with my settings?
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Level ∞
Nov 15, 2016
A minimum number of votes is required before a rating is assigned.
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Level 23
Nov 24, 2016
what about uae and kuwait
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Level 58
Dec 28, 2016
Kuwait uses Sharia for personal issues only. UAE varies by region.
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Level 19
Dec 28, 2016
That list was weird. Had no idea Maldives would be on there.
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Level 40
Dec 30, 2016
Hey, I live in Pakistan.

But the Sharia Law is not applied here to deal with the criminals nor for personal issues.

Although the Sharia was applied during Gen. Zia's regime about 30 years ago.

It was abrogated afterwards.

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Level 73
May 25, 2019
Then why was Asia Bibi on death row all those years for blasphemy?
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Level 29
Feb 5, 2021
because pakistan doesnt have sharia law.because sharia law doesnt give out death penalty for blasphemy
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Level 29
Oct 20, 2021
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Level 28
Jan 4, 2017
According to the map in the link you provided, Brunei also uses Sharia law for judicial and personal issues. So it should be added.
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Level ∞
Jan 5, 2017
It looks like the Wikipedia article has changed. Brunei will be added next time I update the quiz.
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Level 65
Nov 24, 2018
Brunei?
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Level 53
Feb 28, 2019
Brunei?
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Level 76
Apr 4, 2019
Still needs an update to add Brunei
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Level ∞
Apr 4, 2019
Okay, done.
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Level 68
Apr 4, 2019
Got Maldives literally at the last second
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Level 55
Apr 5, 2019
what about kuwait, syria, uae, bahrain,
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Level 66
May 8, 2020
What about them? Just because they have a muslim majority doesn't mean they follow Sharia Law.
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Level 33
Oct 20, 2021
Bahrain and Kuwait use Sharia law but I'm not sure about the UAE and Syria
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Level 61
Apr 5, 2019
what about Somalia??
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Level 60
May 25, 2019
I refuse to answer this quiz
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Level 50
May 26, 2019
Why did you waste time clicking on it, and then typing this comment then?
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Level 55
Aug 29, 2020
why not?
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Level 74
May 25, 2019
What about Vatican City???????? It should be on here for sure.....
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Level 59
May 25, 2019
Yeah and what about Iceland!!!
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Level 77
May 25, 2019
I was thinking, "Name every country close to Saudi Arabia." Then I forgot to include Saudi Arabia. Sigh.
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Level 67
May 25, 2019
Surely it is idiocy to use religious law in a secular context, but some of these countries are curious. Do Qatar and Maldives really apply Sharia law in these situations, or is it a kind of "on the books, but not in practice" thing, like the speed limit in the United States?
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Level 90
Dec 13, 2019
At the very least, both countries routinely flog people for things like adultery, sex outside of marriage, and alcohol consumption. Both countries also have the death penalty on the books for apostasy. On more than one occasion, the Maldivian government has imprisoned or otherwise harassed atheists and threatened to execute them.
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Level 59
May 26, 2019
7/11.
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Level 76
Jun 19, 2019
AKA: the REAL countries that should be sanctioned and boycotted
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Level 40
Jan 11, 2022
Why should they be sanctioned and boycotted?
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Level 51
Jan 10, 2020
I’m shocked more people knew Brunei than mauritania
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Level 47
Mar 8, 2020
Pakistan is not a sharia law country i just googled it every muslim county doesn't have to be sharia law
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Level 55
Jul 5, 2020
Then why was Asia Bibi on death row all those years for blasphemy?
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Level 29
Feb 5, 2021
sharia law doesnt have death penalty for blasphemy. so it actually contradicted sharia law. btw she was freed by the supreme court.
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Level 48
May 8, 2020
Countries like Jordan, Lebanon, Syria (before the war) and the UAE have far more relaxed laws than those of KSA and Iran. Wearing the hijab and the burka is not mandated by law. You'll see plenty of women in these countries who don't wear headscarves. Stores don't close for every prayer, but the Azan (Islamic call to prayer) is played out loud from most mosques. You may be ostracized if you admit to being in a pre-marital relationship, although this isn't as uncommon as people think. I went to high-school in Dubai in a predominantly Arab/Muslim school and lots of my friends dated, drank alcohol, and had sex with their girlfriends. And it was a boys only school. Being a homosexual, however, can get you into trouble. While this is mainly because of Islamic teachings, I'd argue that Arabs themselves are homophobic regardless of religion. Plenty of my very non-religious Muslim friends still think being gay is gross and weird, and agree those who are openly gay should be punished.
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Level 49
Dec 18, 2020
Don't generalise, I'm a non-religious Muslim and I- along with several others I know- aren't homophobic and have plenty of gay friends. Some who are born Muslims themselves lool
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Level 54
Feb 13, 2021
Muslims should be allowed to read Azan on loudspeaker in every country because Christians are also allowed to ring their bell in Islamic countries
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Level 58
Oct 21, 2021
They should but not because of that reason.

Also, saying that "they are allowed" is a huge simplification.

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Level 40
Jan 11, 2022
What does it even mean to be 'non-religious muslim'? Either you are muslim or you are not.
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Level 29
Feb 5, 2021
Pakistan and Sudan dont have sharia law. Sudan not since 2019,and Pakistan never had sharia law.
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Level 61
Oct 20, 2021
I do think UAE should be added given that all of the Emirates maintain Sharia courts that are parallel with civil/criminal courts.
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Level 70
Oct 20, 2021
I think the instructions are unclear. Maybe you wanted to base the results off of the wikipedia map supplied as the sole source given for the information in the quiz. But, if you read the text of the article you linked: "Iran shares many of the same features, but also possesses characteristics of mixed legal systems, such as a parliament and codified laws." and "Pakistan, Egypt, Malaysia, and Nigeria are examples of states having mixed systems." Also, maybe recent, but, since the quiz is featured today: "The use of Sharia in Sudan ended in September 2020, when Sudan officially became a secular state after Sudan's transitional government agreed to separate religion from the state, ending 30 years of Islamic rule and Islam as the official state religion in the North African nation." So, the answers in the quiz are mostly directly contradicted by the single source given, as of today. I would recommend going over the information in the article again and amending the quiz to reflect.
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Level ∞
Oct 20, 2021
I somehow have a feeling that no matter what I put on this quiz people would have a problem with it. Therefore, I defer to Wikipedia as a source, even though it is complicated.
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Level 70
Oct 21, 2021
I hear you, but the deferment to wikipedia was sort of my point. The text says in plain language that Pakistan is a mixed system and that sharia law ended in Sudan in 2020. The only country mentioned by name in the text of the article is KSA. Perhaps if you linked to the map instead of the article? There's definitely a lot of gray area, and not a lot of language in the instructions.
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Level 29
Oct 20, 2021
I'm Pakistani and until I left Pakistan, I didn't know that Indian muslims have more of the Shria than what we call our law in Pakistan. For example, as opposed to Pakistan, in India, a muslim man doesn't have to get a letter of concent from his first wife to be legally married to his second wife.
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Level 29
Oct 20, 2021
Oh btw, Brunei has Sharia like US has a constitution. It only applys to the civilians, not the people running the country.
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Level 55
Oct 20, 2021
I got 9/11