I read that article last night on the Irish Times website and was left wondering, what, why, how.
There were some mistakes that have since been corrected. Even so it is still confusing and confused.
Kingdoms would have been the order of the day when the koran came about. I think the koran would have been more concerned with the acts and responsibilities of the individual than kingdoms or states.
How can modern interpretations be applied to what the koran and related texts says, is stoning allowed in Ireland anyway.