Law: Articulation of Islamic and non-Islamic Systems: Sub-Saharan Africa
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Islamic law is an important part of legal thought and dispute resolution processes in much of Sub-Saharan Africa. The application and jurisdiction of Islamic law vis-à-vis other systems of law and social norms varies tremendously, however. In some African states, Islamic law constitutes a part of the official legal system. Elsewhere, Islamic law is not part of state law but informs local-level dispute resolution and influences community moral guidelines and ethical norms. Most African states tha…

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Stiles, Erin E., “Law: Articulation of Islamic and non-Islamic Systems: Sub-Saharan Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 16 July 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0106e>
First published online: 2009



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