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Honor: Crimes of: Sub-Saharan Africa: Northern Nigeria
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Discussion of gender and violence in Muslim societies in Sub-Saharan Africa quickly brings to mind the issue of stoning to death for adultery in the northern states of Nigeria. Because this is such an important region, and because it has been the scene of such well publicized issues, this entry focuses on northern Nigeria, and on the relationship between legal practice and violence, with comments where relevant on other centers of Muslim population south of the Sahara.

Observers might conclude from the public support for restoring Islamic penal law in the northern states…

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Christelow, Allan, “Honor: Crimes of: Sub-Saharan Africa: Northern Nigeria”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 22 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0086b>
First published online: 2009

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