The statutory basis for the application of any Islamic law which may in fact be applied in the Uganda Protectorate must be sought either in the express provisions of some relevant Ordinance or in the usual reference, in the Uganda Order in Council, 1902, to the applicability of “native law”—in so far, that is, as Islamic law may be held to have become the “native law” of any section of the community.1 For the rest, the provisions of the Order in Council correspond so closely to those of the Kenya Colony Order in Council, 1921, and the Tanganyika Order in Council, 1920 (for both of which it evidently served as a model), that no quotation of its terms seems to be necessary.

The outstanding Uganda Ordinance which concerns Islamic law is the ...

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