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Muslim Family Law in Sub-Saharan Africa

Colonial Legacies and Post-Colonial Challenges

Muslim Family Law in Sub-Saharan Africa by Shamil Jeppie
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This collection of essays offers comparative historical and anthropological perspectives on the ways in which French and British colonial administrations interacted with the diversity of Islamic legal schools, scholars, and practices in Africa. It takes the colonial impress on Islamic legal practice in Africa through to the post-colonial and contemporary periods through a look at the experiences of several African states with their Muslim citizens' struggles for their right to practice important aspects of Islamic law particularly family law. A substantial introduction sets the individual essays in a broader global comparative colonial frame and the tradition of Islamic legal scholarship and ties together the various points of contrast and comparison on key questions relating to Islamic law in Africa.
Amsterdam University Press; January 2010
389 pages; ISBN 9789048511327
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Title: Muslim Family Law in Sub-Saharan Africa
Author: Shamil Jeppie; Ebrahim Moosa; Richard Roberts