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Law: Customary: Sub-Saharan Africa
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How do women use and participate in customary processes of dispute resolution? How do customary and Islamic legal traditions coexist? There is much variation in the position of women and the status of gender relationships vis-à-vis customary law in Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in Muslim areas where women may also be subject to Islamic law. It is difficult to define what constitutes customary law. In Sub-Saharan …

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Stiles, Erin E., “Law: Customary: Sub-Saharan Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0109g>
First published online: 2009

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