Does Sharia law actually advocate flogging?

Does Sharia law actually advocate flogging?
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First Published: Thu, Apr 09 2009. 11 52 AM IST

Updated: Thu, Apr 09 2009. 11 52 AM IST
Newspapers around the world have extensively mentioned the Sharia system of law ever since the Pakistani government allowed Sharia courts to open in the Swat valley region. On a video that surfaced last week, believed to be from the Swat valley, a woman was publicly flogged over 30 times, supposedly in accordance with Sharia law, for (reports said) “coming out of her house with a man who wasn’t her husband.” But does Sharia law really condone flogging for such offences? Where does the system of law derive from, and how is it interpreted?
Our guest on Just to Clarify this week is Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer, a well-known Islamic scholar. Dr. Engineer is the founding chairman of the Asian Muslim Action Network, director of the Institute of Islamic Studies, and head of the Mumbai-based Center for Study of Society and Secularism. In 2004, he won the Right Livelihood Award for his “strong commitment to promote values of co-existence and tolerance.”
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First Published: Thu, Apr 09 2009. 11 52 AM IST