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Islamic Law in Africa by J. D. Anderson

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FOREWORD

I have recently had occasion to compare the extent of the studies made by French and British scholars respectively regarding the position occupied by the large Muslim communities in Africa south of the Sahara. It is true that the Muslims of this part of Africa cannot claim, as the Muslims in India have claimed, that they should be accorded a political status which will distinguish them from the rest of the population, nor indeed is there any such analogy between their circumstances and those of the Muslims in India as would justify this claim. But there are nevertheless some circumstances which give these Muslim communities a character of their own. They have their own system of law, which is an integral part of their religion. They ...

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