The Anti-Therapeutic Effects of the Anti-Shari’a Movement on American Society

Deedra J. Abboud

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March 9, 2012

Criticizing Islam has become more socially acceptable and politically advantageous. Twenty-seven states have attempted to pass either a constitutional amendment or a legislative bill regarding the rejection of Shari’a since 2010. Such legislation is counter-productive and shortsighted. Each demonstrates a direct singling-out of the religious law of Muslims (Shari’a) alone or a progression of accomplishing legitimate goals without targeting Shari’a. Government-sanctioned disapproval and social rejection cause a breakdown in personal relationships and social identity. Much like bullying, the anti-Shari’a movement is creating fertile ground for radicalization and extremism through isolation and negative identity perceptions. The reality is that anti-Shari’a laws make Americans, including Muslims, less safe.

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Keywords: Islam, Muslim, Sharia, Therapeutic, unintended, extremism, bullying, radicalization, isolation, terrorism

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Date posted: March 10, 2012  

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Abboud, Deedra J., The Anti-Therapeutic Effects of the Anti-Shari’a Movement on American Society (March 9, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2019046 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2019046

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